Why “Doctor Who Is All About Change” was a Lie

Jodie Whittaker’s final episode of Doctor Who just aired. Now I have no real interest in the 21st century version of Doctor Who anymore. As a lifelong fan of the classic era, I feel that the revival in all honesty, never really tried to be a proper sequel to the original series. It was written more like a remake, that now and again would make a reference to the original for nostalgia bait, but otherwise didn’t care much about it.

Worse in the last ten or so years the revival has gone out of its way to demolish and vandalise as much of the classic series lore and history and the Doctors character as it could, to the point where the Doctor has no key characterisation any more.

The Hartnell Doctor is no longer the original Doctor now, the Master and the Doctor are now gay lovers, the Doctor isn’t a Time Lord, etc, etc.

All of these terrible, ill fitting retcons were defended by the likes of the BBC themselves, writers like Paul Cornell, Chris Chibnall, and obnoxious fans like the youtuber Samuel Davis (who personally called me a sexist in a youtube video.) As well as forums like Gallifrey Base, Doctor Who Reddit etc. They all claimed that saddos obsessed with continuity like me just didn’t get the show, because “Doctor Who is all about change. If you object to this change, you’re the type of person who would have objected to a previously successful change like William Hartnell changing into Patrick Troughton. You have to be able to learn how to move on.”

With this in mind can someone explain to me why the makers of the revival who are so obsessed with change, have just done a special that’s entire appeal was built on member berries? Why they have for the first time ever, degenerated the Doctor and actually brought a previous actor back as the current Doctor?

Yes, SPOILERS for those who haven’t seen it yet. The rumours are true. David Tennant is the 14th Doctor now.

Personally I think degenerating the Doctor is as bad a move as changing the characters sex. I’m not quite as pissed off about it however, only because it’s hard to care about the show after all the damage that has been done in the last few years. Still it sticks in my throat because of all the abuse I received over “not being able to accept change” in Doctor Who.

Ironically at the end of the day, I actually was the one pushing for change, but it was in a way that would have actually taken the Doctor forward into the 21st century rather than tearing him down. To me the all about change argument has been proven once and for all by Tennant’s casting to be a lie used by the clique of writers who took over the Doctor Who franchise in the 1990s to justify their own inability, or lack of desire to actually write Doctor Who.

This clique is nicknamed the Fitzroy clique, as they used to congregate at the Fitzroy Pub. They include the likes of Paul Cornell, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Chris Chibnall, Nicholas Briggs, Mark Gatiss etc.

This quote from Lawrence Miles I think sums up how obnoxious and cliquey they could be.

But if all this monkey-posturing sounds absurd, then let’s put in the context of the late ’90s / early 2000s. You may remember a time, in the days before “Doctor Who fans” meant thirteen-year-olds, when the Virgin / BBC novels actually seemed important. The authors certainly thought they were important, and pride was their most valued possession. After all, the reason I gained a reputation as an unhealthy influence was that I broke what Keith Topping called “the unspoken code”, the Omerta-like law which held that New Adventures writers should all stick together in the face of fandom and not publicly criticise each others’ work. I say “Omerta”, but in practice, they behaved more like Medieval overlords than mafiosa: the elite have to form a united front, because otherwise, they’ll be revealed as weak, flabby individuals and the peasants will get ideas above their station. Oh, and you’re the peasants, by the way. When the new series began, those authors who were promoted to scriptwriter-level went from “overlords” to “royalty”, which is why my heartless attack on Mark Gatiss was received with the same shock as if a small-time landowner in the Middle Ages had just referred to the Prince of the Realm as a big spaz.

You think I’m exaggerating…? Then consider this. When Paul Cornell took me to task for the social faux-pas of having opinions, he seemed appalled that I was incapable of respecting the natural hierarchy, and asked whether there was anybody I ‘bent the knee’ to. Bent the knee…? What is this, geek feudalism? When I told him that I had no interest in serving or reigning, he asked me: ‘Do your followers know that?’ I found it horrifying that anyone could even think that way, and I still do.”

Lawrence Miles

Meanwhile this quote from Russell T Davies himself backs it up.

I do worry about being surrounded by yes-men. You’re right, it happens. […] I don’t think it’s happened to me yet. In the end, just as good writers are hard to find, so are good script editors, good producers and good execs. When you find good people like Julie and Phil, their sheer talent cancels out the risk of them yes-ing. I suppose the danger is not RTD And The Yes-Men, but a triumverate of people who are so similar that contrary opinions don’t get a look-in.”

Russell T Davies

Finally here is an extract from an interview with Paul Cornell and Steven Moffat, which again supports Miles assertion.

Paul: The defining factor for our critics seems to be ‘how like bad television is it?’ It really pisses me off. There was a review in TV Zone recently of Kate Orman’s new book which was entirely based on that premise, how like bad television is this book?

David: And it failed.

Paul: Well of course it failed.

David: Set Piece is not bad television.

Steven: But that’s not what you want. My memories of Doctor Who are based on bad television that I enjoyed at the time. It could get me really burned saying this, but Doctor Who is actually aimed at 11-year-olds. Don’t overstress it, but it’s true. Now what the New Adventures have done, sometimes successfully, is to try and reinterpret that for adults, which has involved a completely radical revision of the Seventh Doctor that never appeared on television. That is brilliant.

Paul: There are big sections of fandom that I appreciate and love… Female fandom in all its forms has been consistently more intelligent than male fandom across the globe. Gay fandom in all its forms has, again, been consistently more intelligent than straight fandom. There’s a liberal, American, college-based fandom too. When you come down to it, our central audience doesn’t read. And that’s a major problem for us… how do we address a new series of books to an audience who don’t know what good books should be like?

Essentially Doctor Who from the 90s on, in all its forms became a playhouse for this cabal of writers, and the fandom was either bullied or duped into going along with everything they said, including the Doctor Who is all about change argument, which was never even close to the truth.

As I have said before many times, in the classic era, the Doctor was NEVER portrayed as being able to turn into absolutely anybody. All of the different incarnations of the Doctor were still meant to be the same person under the new face. This isn’t just my interpretation, all of the actors who played it said as much, as did the most prominent writers and producers involved in the classic era, from Terry Nation, to Terrance Dicks, to Robert Holmes to John Nathan Turner.

Essentially in the classic era, regeneration was an advanced form of healing. The Doctors body broke down, and then it repaired itself, and in the process, it changed its appearance. It basically rebuilt itself from scratch, and as a result the Doctors outer personality shifted somewhat. However his core personality was exactly the same from incarnation to incarnation in a number of ways. (I have already ran through the similarities in previous articles, I won’t be doing so again as it would take too much time.)

Playing and writing the Doctor was about finding the right balance of getting someone who could make it their own, but not so much you could never imagine it still being William Hartnell under the new face.

This was a good thing as it really allowed Doctor Who to have the best of all worlds. From a practical point of view it could change the lead actor, but unlike other series where the lead actor leaves, such as Primeval, and their characters story arcs have to be abandoned. In Doctor Who they could keep all of the previous actors story arcs and relationships like the Doctors feud with the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master, his friendships with characters like the Brigadier, his status as an outlaw to his people etc. The change in outer personality could also allow a new actor to reinterpret the role in HIS own way, but at the same time there was enough of a characterisation to the character overall, that the Doctor still remained a character, not just a title passed on to otherwise unrelated characters. It also meant that writers could develop the Doctor as a whole over the course of 26 years. There are many examples of story arcs and character development spanning multiple Doctors, such as most notably the Davros story arc, where we see the Doctor cope with his guilt over not having finished Davros and the Daleks.

Meanwhile the argument that Classic Who had no continuity and was constantly rewriting itself is a lie that tries to back itself up by taking changes in classic who completely out of context. There is a difference between filling in a gap and changing something that is established. For instance in the case of Batman, originally he was just a crime fighter, but then it was revealed that he fought crime because his parents were killed. That was a change technically, but it wasn’t contradicting anything as we didn’t know anything about Batman’s back story or why he fought crime before that. However if another writer were to come along after and have it that Batman’s parents were alive without any explanation and reveal that his brothers murder is what inspired him. That obviously wouldn’t work.

With Doctor Who it is exactly the same. For instance, Hartnell morphing into Troughton happened when we knew nothing about the Doctors people, or his alien biology. Whilst yes, it was convenient, it wasn’t actually contradicting anything. Similarly finding out that the Doctors people were called the Time Lords, wasn’t a change, as we didn’t know anything about them before hand. The little information we did know, that the Doctor was on the run from them and was scared to go back, was still adhered to in The War Games. Finding out that his people could only change 12 times was not a change either as we were never told know many times they could. Furthermore notice how once all of these changes were implemented, much like Batman’s parents murder inspiring him to fight crime, they were never contradicted? The 12 regenerations limit remained right until the very end of the classic run. The Doctors people were always the time lords etc.

Now it’s true that there were a few retcons in the classic era’s history and a few continuity blips, but that still does not mean there is no continuity or consistency at all. Every single work of fiction will have continuity blips at some point. Similarly retcons are not pretending there is no continuity. Retcons are where you add something to an existing story, via a loophole, IE we didn’t see this part of the story, so lets show how it really went.

Alan Moore who provided something of a retcon to the Jokers origins in the classic story, The Killing Joke, brilliantly sums up how to use retcons here.

“[ The Joker has ] a kind of muddy kind of origin. They’d said that he’d been the leader of a criminal gang called the Red Hood Mob and that while trying to escape from Batman he’d swum across this river of chemicals…That was about it and this was from a story from, like, the late ’50s or something and so I thought “Okay, I won’t contradict that,” because I kind of believe in working by the rules of the material as it already exists but I can put a lot of spin on that.”

Genesis of the Daleks, which is one of the very few actual retcons in the history of the show, follows Moore’s formula perfectly. We never actually saw the origin of the Daleks in the first story, we only heard a very vague second hand account of it, written centuries later, which is why Terry Nation who wrote both stories felt he could in Moore’s words, put some spin on their origins. He repeatedly stated this in interviews, and I might add that the contradictions between them aren’t even that big anyway.

Both the first Dalek story and Genesis reveal that the Daleks, came from Skaro, were once a humanoid race who engaged in a war with another race called the Thals, which eventually went atomic and destroyed the surface of Skaro. In both cases the Daleks humanoid ancestors degenerated into psychotic, xenophobic octopus monsters, who housed themselves in robot like armour. The only difference is that Genesis reveals that Davros accelerated the Daleks mutation and in essence created them. Both are still compatible though, it’s not like one says the Daleks are complete robot creatures who live on Venus, and another states they came from earth. It’s just that in one, an important figure, Davros was edited out of history, which could have happened in the ensuing years for all sorts of reasons. Maybe the Daleks didn’t want people to know they were the creation of a lesser race? Maybe the Thals themselves didn’t want anyone to know their role in helping him? Either way it does not mean the show has no canon. I might add that once that loophole was exploited and we saw the Daleks origin up front, then that was that. There could be no third origin story of the Daleks as their origins were shown and from then on Davros is their creator.

There is a terror among Doctor Who fans, that continuity of any kind will lead to the show becoming something that only anoraks watch, which will in turn lead to it being cancelled and us going back to the wilderness years again.

Continuity however is not simply referencing the past. It is not a nerd obsession. It is a foundation of story telling. Without it you can’t do the following things, characterisation, character development, relationships, story arcs, world building, you know all the things that you expect from a drama of any kind? Classic Who had baseline continuity like any drama because it had too. The Fitzroy Clique and their commandants will single out the few continuity blips, and ignore the hundreds of other examples of tight continuity to back their claim up, like the Davros story arc, Mondas always being the Cybermen’s home planet, Skaro always being the Daleks home planet, the Doctor being exiled, him first meeting the Brig against the Yeti, Ace’s story arc, Hartnell trying to get Ian and Barbara home, Vicki knowing about the Daleks because she is from after their invasion, Daleks having time travel after The Chase, the Master having no lives left, the Sontarans and the Rutans being at war with each other, the Ice Warriors coming from Mars, Peladon, companions crossing one Doctor to another etc.

New Who from the start threw out most of the Doctors key characterisation and most of the story arcs from the original series, due to the Fitzroy Clique’s lack of interest in them. This naturally provoked a backlash from classic era fans who were instantly dismissed as sad old Dinosaurs unable to live in the present and accept change by the Fitzroy Crowd. Sadly the majority of fandom agreed with that assertion for many reasons. First of all as Miles himself pointed out, the Fitzroy Crowd often do their best to silence critics, (with the largest Doctor Who forums such as Gallifrye Base and the magazine being run by close friends of people like Steven Moffat.) Beyond that many were just thrilled to have Doctor Who back after a long absence, and the revival in all fairness was a good solid show on its own merits for the first 7 or so years. (Though its success was NOT entirely down to its own quality. It did ride high on nostalgia and also got by mostly on characters, concepts created by the original series like the Daleks, the Cybermen, regeneration, which won round the young fans.)

Still sadly as soon as the political side of fandom started to make their desire for a female Doctor known towards the end of Matt Smith’s time, that coupled with the hype from their own success, caused Steven Moffat, and later Chris Chibnall to go further than even other members of the clique. Before the “all about change” mantra was only trotted out now and again by Russell T Davies to silence “the sad anoraks” for things like having the Doctor fall in love with Rose, which was bad enough, but now it became something the Fitzroy Crowd actually believed was the only the way to keep Doctor Who fresh. Lenin once said that a lie repeated enough times eventually becomes accepted as the truth. In this case it was told enough times that even the perpetrators came to believe it!

Now to be clear I do not hate all of the political or for lack of a better term SJW fans of Doctor Who. On the contrary, Claudia Boleyn, a self admitted SJW fan, I have found to be one of the most intelligent, sweet, and lovely people in all of Doctor Who fandom. I regret some of my previous assertions of her on this blog of wanting to undermine male role models in the genre, and have learned not to be too quick to judge others in fandom as a result of my dealings with Claudia.

Still at the end of the day I don’t think that Claudia and others like her had a very positive influence on the show, only in that by their own admission they cared more about their agenda.

They wanted a female Doctor Who, simply because they thought it would be a positive step for female representation. It’s understandable and admirable of people like Claudia to want to see more strong roles for women, but ultimately a female Doctor was never a good way to do it.

As I have pointed out, if you actually DO want to carry on the original series story, then you have to maintain some kind of core identity for the character of the Doctor. Sadly I think a sex change would disrupt that core identity. That’s not to say a woman couldn’t play another hero like the Doctor, but in terms of following on from that specific characters storyline, a woman to me would be too jarring. I personally would have a hard time accepting that it was still William Hartnell under there if the Doctor were played even by an actress I really like, such as Morgana Robinson. Of course for saying this I was smeared as a sexist on sites like Gallifrey Base, but I have been consistent about not changing the Doctors personality too much right the way through in a number of ways. I objected to a romantic Doctor like Tennant, a flirty Doctor talking about his companions skirts being too tight like Matt Smith in his later years, for the same reason of trying to imagine that being Hartnell under there was too much of a stretch. (Well to be fair the last one was just crass anyway.)

The same absolutely would apply in reverse, if you suddenly turned Romana into a man, it would jar. This is not transphobic to say this. On the contrary I’d argue that it is the opposite. Trans people suffer from gender dysphoria where they feel mental anguish at being trapped in the wrong body and go through a long, painful, costly operation and process to become the gender they feel comfortable with. Making out that gender changing is like getting a hair cut, and that as soon as the Doctor physically becomes a woman, he is okay with it mentally after being a man for 100000 years, I’d argue represents a more old fashioned, dated view of gender being an entirely physical process. Hilariously enough Joss Whedon tried to mock those against a female Doctor by stating that the show never revolved around his “big old throbbing dick.” Which is an outright insult to most trans women who keep their male genitals!

The only way a female Doctor would work for me is if it were a remake and the Doctor was written as either female or gender neutral from the start. From a practical point of view there would be absolutely no problem with that, but even then ironically I actually don’t think that would be a good idea from the point of view of female representation.

To me the best form of representation is to use original female characters, as that way women have their own characters, history, stories etc, than hand me downs of male versions.

Sadly however all of these points were ignored I feel by the Claudia Boleyn mob, simply because they saw a female Doctor as too big a chance for representation due to the characters worldwide fame. Also I do think that a lot of SJWs incorrectly believe that the sci fi fandom is something of a little boys only club that needed taken down a peg or too, and again a female Doctor seemed like a great chance to stick it to these guys. (Hence why so many articles when Jodie was announced were just gloating, and why so many SJWs tend to ignore great, original female heroes like Xena, Kelly Maxwell etc who being original can’t make manbabies heads explode. I suppose just like I did with Claudia, then a lot of people on the other side were to quick to lump everyone together as just being sexist manbabies.)

Still it’s not fair to say that the SJWs caused the entire downfall of the show. Whilst I think that the focus on politics and the female Doctor were bad ideas, ultimately they did not need to lead to the vandalisation of the shows past.

IE a female Doctor doesn’t have to lead to William Hartnell no longer being the first Doctor, or the Doctor not being a time lord or anything like that.

To me it was a combination of the politics and the “Doctor Who is all about change” lie and finally the Fitzroy clique’s hold over the franchise and its fandom that collectively have brought us to where we are now. An unprecedented state of desperation where we are actually going backwards in terms of casting the Doctor.

Like I said when the push for a female Doctor really started to become great, and Moffat caved (as unlike the smelly old anorak fans, he actually cared about what the feminists like Claudia Boleyn thought as in his mind they represented the younger generation he wanted to win round.) The all about change mantra was once again used to justify the gender swap, but then I think because Moffat and others saw themselves as “on the right side of history” with having a female Doctor vs the supposedly sexist old traditionalists like yours truly. That subsequently led to Moffat and later Chibnall using the all change is good idea as their main inspiration for keeping Doctor Who fresh (and annoying the sexists) hence the hybrid story, Missy, the Hartnell Doctor being reimagined as a sexual braggard, etc.

In the end they went too far with the Timeless Children. That was a retcon a retcon so ill fitting, so poorly thought out that it pissed off everyone, as it destroyed the identity of both the original and the revived series. Even Elizabeth Sandifier despised the Timeless Children. Sandifier is a truly vile SJW fan, who told me to go kill myself. (Knowing full well I have struggled with mental health problems in the past and have actually tried to kill myself.)

Whilst the revival was always different to the original, it did maintain its own identity from Eccelston to Capaldi, with the Doctor overall in those eras being portrayed as a more romantic, tortured character. Again whilst this was always jarring for classic era fans, since the revival had been a whole generation of fans first introduction to the show, then that was the character of the Doctor for them. I also think that Matt Smith, in spite of some Moffatisms, and Peter Capaldi did help bridge the gap somewhat between old and new fans, by incorporating elements from the classic Doctors into their performances too, like in Matt’s case playing the Doctor as an old man in a young man’s body.

Jodie’s Doctor however first broke even the new who template simply by being a woman, for both male and female new who viewers. Young boys had come to see Doctors like David Tennant as more accessible role models, because they were smart and geeky, and not action men, whilst young girls had come to see the Doctor as a more attractive character. (I’m not having a go at the fangirls for that by the way. Fanboys are the same for female characters like Xena and Buffy. I don’t think the Doctor should have been made into a pin up however, same way I wouldn’t want Miss Marple to be made into a pin up for boys, and I think that both young boys and girls are capable of liking characters that aren’t presented as pin ups as well. Still I blame Russell T Davies for that mindset, rather than the fan girls who simply responded to a character that was meant to be attractive to them.)

Still the gender change already helped disassociate Jodie from both the original and the revival template, but the Timeless Children destroyed and undermined both. Russell T Davies’ last of the time lords story arc was completely undermined by it as he was no longer a Time Lord, as was Matt Smith being the last incarnation as the Doctor now had infinite regenerations, whilst the Doctors rescuing Gallifrey was undermined as it was destroyed yet again etc. New Who fans were every bit as outraged as fans like me, showing that even wit the revival, you still had to have a basic continuity and identity for the Doctor of some kind.

The Timeless Children led to the shows viewers dropping off a cliff, with one Jodie episode pulling in barely above 2 million viewers, the lowest the show has ever received in its 60 year history.

In order to get the fans and even casual viewers back on track, the likes of Chris Chibnall and Russell T Davies were forced to not only completely overshadow Jodie Whittaker in her last ever episode with a shit ton of references and cameos of old Doctors to appeal to nostalgia, but they were forced for the first time in the shows history to actually bring back a previous actor as the current Doctor.

Hilariously enough, Doctor Who has now become the very thing that the commandants of fandoms like Benjamin Cook, youtubers like Samuel Davis and the shills that ran Gallifrey Base always said fans like me who were frightened of change would turn it into.

A continuity obsessed show, constantly harking back to the past, unable to move on, and wallowing in its own mythology to the point where it looks stale, tired and appealing to nostalgia just to get by.

Doctor Who is all about a change. A ming mong, sad, smelly, anorak like me just can’t accept that and is stuck living in the past, not like Chris Chibnall or Russell T Davies who have brought back actors from 1963, crowbarred six old Doctors into a last Doctors episode, and are bringing their lead actor from 2005 back to recapture their glory days.

It’s hilarious and annoying to think that if in hindsight they had only listened to people like me, then they wouldn’t be in this mess.

My and I’d wager most classic era fans ideal version of Doctor Who isn’t one that brings back dozens of characters from the original series in pointless cameos like The Power of The Doctor. I want a Doctor Who series, where the Doctor is written in character. IE where he is an eccentric alien professor, wanting to explore the universe, played by an eccentric character actor, is a renegade time lord, is asexual, dresses in eccentric, over the top, Victorian, Edwardian era clothing etc, and the focus is on adventures, new worlds, monsters, rather than on soap opera and shallow identity politics. That’s it! Whilst I obviously want to see old villains and yes maybe occasionally old characters return, like the Daleks, Cybermen and Master, as I do love those characters, I don’t need to have them back every year. All I do ask is that when they return, you write them in character. You don’t turn the Master into either a Joker knock off like Russell T Davies and Chris Chibnall did, or a River Song/Irene Adler/Tasha Lem knock off like Moffat did. You don’t dick about with their history just for the sake of it, like Moffat did with both the Daleks and the Cybermen. You try and keep some continuity with them, see what kind of story you can write with them that you can’t with other villains etc. The Daleks and the Cybermen’s appearance in The Power of the Doctor was interchangeable. You could remove any of them and it would make no difference.

Had the Fitzroy Clique just done the bare minimum of maintaining the Doctors character and the most basic continuity, then there would have been no need to even reference the past like they have done, other than perhaps in the odd Dalek story every few years. They wouldn’t need to bring back a past Doctor to remind people that “hey this is Doctor Who.”

That’s what always happens when you deviate too far from the identity of something, eventually in order to win people back, you’ll have to remind them again and again that “don’t worry this is the same thing you liked.” How do you do that? With nostalgia and continuity porn and pointless return appearances of old characters. The exact same thing happened with Ghostbusters, that similarly went out of its way to be completely different, only to then do the most unoriginal, nostalgia driven movie with Afterlife to win audiences back.

Ironically my way was better for actually moving Doctor Who forward. Tennant’s return has set an awful precedent for any old Doctor to come back. Hey why even bother taking a risk now when you can just rely on old favourites? Even when the older actors pass on, why not just get someone to impersonate them, like David Bradley as a redux first Doctor? I doubt all the people on forums and sites like Gallifrey Base or Anoraks, or Planet Skaro or Big Glasgow Comic Con, or people like Samuel Davis who hurled abuse at me for daring to suggest that fucking about with the Doctors past for a political agenda was a bad idea, will maybe see that I was right?

Fat chance. The Fitzroy Clique it seems will have a hold over this franchise forever. It made me laugh when I saw Russell T Davies say in an interview he hopes to inspire people who see the show now as children to make it when they are older. He or one of his friends from the tavern will still be making the show in about twenty years, assuming it’s still on.

That’s a large part of why I gave up on the revival, as I realised that the people making it will use any excuse they can not to write proper fucking Doctor Who. At first during the new adventure days as the above quote from Paul Cornell shows, we just weren’t well read and too stupid to get his books. Then we were just stuck in the past, then all change was good, and that by not making it like Doctor Who they were actually making it like Doctor Who, then we were sexist manbabies. I wonder what lie they will come up with next? At the very least hopefully by doing the most unoriginal thing imaginable in bringing back Tennant as the 14th Doctor, the all about change excuse and lie can finally be put to rest.

What I want from the DC Extended Universe

With the recent cancellation of Batgirl it appears that the DCEU series of films is headed in a new direction. What exactly that is however, is anyone’s guess at this stage.

The DCEU has been through many revamps, retools and soft reboots throughout its 9 year existence to the point where it has arguably tied itself up in knots in terms of both quality and continuity. Whether or not this latest soft reboot will finally be the one to get the DCEU on the right track, or be just another blind alley, like the lighter and softer Justice League is anyone’s guess.

Still since everyone and their dog is talking about what they’d like to see from the DCEU, I thought I’d chip in with my two cents.

Now this article will include spoilers for the upcoming Flash 2023 movie, so if you don’t want that ruined. Look away now. Granted these spoilers may turn out to be fake, but based on a lot of information that has come out, this seems to be the plot for the Flash, which is set to mark the beginning of a whole new era for the DCEU.

The Flash 2023

The Flash movie’s premise will see Barry Allen travel backwards in time to try and save his mother. Along the way however, Barry will end up accidentally creating and falling through a portal to another universe, where the Tim Burton Batman takes place. There he will meet the Michael Keaton Batman, Supergirl and his alternate counterpart and together they will take on that realities version of General Zod. Once Zod has been defeated, Barry will travel backwards to his own universe, having learned through his adventure with his alternate self that you can’t change history.

Unfortunately however when he arrives in the present, he will discover that the rip he created between realities caused both universes to flow into each other, unravel and eventually merge into one universe with elements of the histories of both. As a result now Michael Keaton’s Batman is the Batman of the merged universe, whilst Supergirl also exists in Barry’s timeline. Wonder Woman and Aquaman still exist as they were, but there are many other changes which will be explored in future movies. (Allowing the producers to recast and drop anyone they want to, such as Henry Cavill if the feud between Cavill and Warner Bros is not resolved.)

Now originally this movie was going to premier in 2022, but it was delayed due to COVID and also Ezra Miller, its stars increasingly demented behaviour.

And to think it was Gina Carano and Johnny Depp who were fired.

It’s still on course for release in June 2023, despite the serious allegations levelled against Miller. However it is almost guaranteed that Miller will not be reprising the role of the Flash in any movies beyond this. Some have argued that the 2023 movie should not be released at all. I can understand the sentiment, but ultimately I think it is important to separate the art from the artist, and remember Miller was not the only person who worked on the film.

Still Miller absolutely should not be in any more movies going forward, which means that straight after rebooting the universe, DC will have to essentially retool the series again with a new Flash who was at the center of an already huge reboot, creating a myriad of problems for the next reboot before it can even get off the ground! The following is how I think they could resolve the situation and exploit some of DC’s other past successes on film and television in the process.

Have it that more than two universes merge into one.

The idea of several realities merging into one, is something that has been explored in DC comics before. In fact the main setting of DC comics from 1985-2011, New Earth was a universe made up of several different universes merged together.

With this in mind, the DCEU could perhaps follow suit and have it that the portal Barry creates, not only causes the DCEU’S universe and the Burton reality to merge, but several other universes that other DC adaptations have taken place in too, with the end result being a merged universe that contains elements and characters from several DC adaptations in its history, rather than just two. Now I realise this is unlikely to happen as A/ plenty of people do enjoy the DCEU versions of these characters and would like to see them get a better run and B/ a lot of the actors in the DC television series are not well known enough actors to lead a film. Still this is personally what I would like to see happen with the series going forward.

Have Grant Gustin play the Flash

Grant Gustin has played the Flash on television for 9 years now. I was a huge fan of the Flash tv show for its first couple of years. I think it maintained a decent level of quality until season 5. Sadly after that it became a shadow of its former self. It didn’t suffer as big a drop in quality as other series like Doctor Who, or Legends of Tomorrow, but it was essentially running on steam for the last few years. To be honest I was relieved when it was announced that it would be finishing soon, only because I didn’t want the show to produce more average or poor seasons than good ones.

Still throughout the series Grant Gustin’s performance as Barry Allen has been consistently praised. He’s captured the characters heart, sense of humour, vulnerability and charisma perfectly and proven to have a great range at playing different versions of Barry from the villainous Savitar, to the broken future Barry, to the nerdy, cowardly, but still heroic earth 2 version.

Added to that he is still young, has a built in fanbase and is now free from commitments to the tv show. Really he’d be perfect casting for the DCEU Flash. Of course I can understand if Grant doesn’t want to commit to the films, having played the role for so long on tv. At the same time however, given how long he has played the part, Grant clearly has a real love and devotion to the character, and with the opportunity to break into films. He may just be swayed.

Furthermore with the merged universes idea, Grant could both reprise his role from the show, and take over as the DCEU Flash if that makes sense.

Much as Keaton’s Batman has taken the place of Affleck, then the Gustin Flash could easily take the place of Ezra’s. Now granted this might be difficult to do, given the ending of the 2023 Flash still establishes that Ezra is the main DCEU Flash. A way round it however would be to have it that the rip created by the Flash, leads to multiple realities including the Arrowverse merging into the DCEU universe, albeit over a longer period of time (explaining why it didn’t happen right away at the end of the Flash.) Given how unpopular the Arrowverse became, it would probably be wise not to include too much from it, but certainly Gustin’s Barry could easily become the merged DCEU’s Barry instead of Ezra.

I don’t think you could do a movie straight after the Flash to explain this however. You’d have Gustin show up as the Flash in Justice League 2, which would revolve around the League trying to close the rip Barry had created. The rip, which had grown larger was now in danger of consuming more universes to the point where the merged universe couldn’t handle them all and would collapse, taking billions more realities with it. This movie would explain, during the chaos as more realities are pulled together that even the original Barry had been replaced. The movie would then end with Barry and the League finding a way to close the rip, saving the universe in the process. However with the rip closed, there would now be no way to put everything back as it was, meaning that the merged DCEU would be the main DCEU timeline from now on, and Gustin would be its Flash.

If Gustin then did decide to retire at a later date, he could easily hand the baton onto Wally West.

Justice Leaue 2 would also have to explain that the people erased from the main DCEU timeline were not dead, just sent to another universe and timeline, so as not to make Barry a mass murderer! Essentially the rip in the vortex would have just caused time and space from other realities to bleed into each other, causing all universes, in infected to be jumbled up not just the DCEU. Therefore Ezra’s Flash is in another universe that we’d obviously never see, whilst Affleck would be in yet another reality we could revisit if he ever does agree to a solo film. Also for those of you who are Arrowverse fans and wouldn’t want Gustin’s Flash to be separated from all of his friends in that, well we could leave it open as to whether or not the DCEU Gustin Flash was the same one as the Arrowverse, or just another counterpart to him as the Arrowverse has already been established as having many counterparts.

Going forward with this, you could then include performances and characters from any prior DC adaptation you wanted in the main DCEU timeline that had been pulled from their respective universes. With this in mind, this is who I would like to see appear.

Batman mythos

The original plan for the DCEU was that Michael Keaton would take over as the main Batman after the Flash. He was going to take over as a Nick Fury style mentor to lead the Justice League in future films, and make cameo appearances. Sadly however two of his other appearances have been scrapped. A cameo he filmed for Aquaman 2 was abandoned after the Flash was delayed and audiences found it confusing as to why Keaton was Batman instead of Affleck. Batgirl meanwhile in which he was to serve as a mentor to the main character was recently axed for monetary reasons.

Some have argued that Keaton’s future as the caped crusader is in doubt, but according to all official statements the Flash is still going ahead. Given the money that was spent on it, and how well it has tested with audiences and Ezra’s insane behaviour. It seems likely that Keaton will be the focal point for the movie in terms of publicity and promotion.

I personally hope they do keep Keaton on. I liked Affleck’s performance, but he has quit the role now. Contrary to popular belief he was not forced out. I also think that having an older Batman would be quite a new and interesting change of pace. There are actually many stories in both the comics and other media that deal with the characters old age, including Batman Beyond, a series that features an elderly Bruce Wayne training a successor, Terry McGuinness, and the Huntress comics which revolved around the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, becoming the titular hero with Batman similarly serving as a mentor to her.

Both of these stories could be adapted in later DCEU films.

Also having an older Batman in the DCEU would ensure that its caped crusader does not step on the toes of the Robert Pattison’s younger Batman. I liked the Pattison Batman film and I hope it doesn’t crossover with other superhero films. As much as I love a good shared universe, it is important that some superhero movies be allowed to stand on their own. We don’t want it to get to the point where films like The Dark Knight can never happen.

An older Batman in the crossover movies would I think be a good compromise. Even if Keaton did get his own solo movie it would be vastly different to anything with Pattison.

As for who could play the Joker in the DCEU, well that would be tricky. Jack Nicholson sadly could not reprise his role as he is too old, retired from acting and his version was indisputably killed off in the original. Jared Leto meanwhile appears to have quit, though many are still hoping for his return as they feel he was not given a proper chance.

Personally however I would like to see Cameron Monaghan play the Joker. For those of you unfamiliar with him, Monaghan played two versions of the Joker in the tv series Gotham.

Here he is in action.

Now that he is older, I think Monaghan should be given a chance to play a proper full version of the Joker. However having him go up against Keatons Batman might be somewhat awkward as he is so much younger, which would mean the Joker didn’t come into existence until late in Batman’s life.

A way round this would be to adopt a recent idea that has become quite popular, that the Joker is in fact a title passed down to several different psychopaths. This idea was actually first explored in Gotham ironically, which featured two Jokers, but has since become official DC canon.

With this in mind, the merged universe could still have Nicholson as being the original Joker, but another criminal, Leto assumed the mantel years later and fought Keaton’s Batman, alongside Harley Quinn for years. Leto’s Joker however could then decide to groom a successor and choose a vicious young murderer named Jerome Valeska (played by Monaghan) who he would then dump in a chemical bath, turning him into the new Joker.

Personally I would like to see three solo Keaton Batman movies, in addition to him appearing in the Justice League movies and the third and final Suicide Squad film. The first solo film I would like to feature Michelle Pfieffers Catwoman and the Huntress and be a direct sequel to the Burton movies which are still canon in the merged universe. The third and final Suicide Squad movie I would like to feature Leto’s Joker choosing his successor from a group of demented wanna be supervillains, which Jerome would be among. The Joker and this gang would be the main villains of the film, with the gang being similar to the Maniax gang from Gotham or the Jokerz gang from Batman Beyond. The movie would also feature Keaton working with the squad and explore his and Harley and the Jokers histories together and end with Leto and the Maniax’s death, except for Jerome. Monaghan would then take over as the main Joker from then on. The second solo Keaton movie I would like see him Keaton take on a classic Batman villain such as Clayface (who I always felt would go well with the Burton style.) The final Keaton movie would then feature Keaton and the Monaghan’s Joker fighting it out and both dying as a result.

The original Batman from the comics did in fact die. For those of you unfamiliar with DC comics history. In the early 60s they revealed that all of their comics from the mid 30s to the early 50s took place in another universe to those from the mid 50s to the then present. This allowed DC to actually finish the original versions of their characters stories in side issues, whilst the mainline still continued with the new universe versions.

Your batman is not your grandfathers batman. He’s been dead since the 70s.

The original Batman from the 30s-50s was shown to have retired, married Catwoman and had a daughter named Helena Wayne, who became the Huntress after her mother was killed. Batman meanwhile would later come out of retirement on a few occasions to help her and the Justice Society, before being killed in battle.

The foe who finally took down the Batman however was fairly lacklustre and obscure. To me having it be the Joker, or a version of the Joker would be more fitting.

Personally I think the fate of the original Batman could serve as a great way to finish Keaton, the original serious film Batman’s story. Obviously you would have to make some changes, beyond just having the Joker kill him. I wouldn’t want Michelle Pfieffers Catwoman to simply be killed off to inspire the Huntress either. I would want her to take a more active role in the film, perhaps fighting to influence her daughter to a life of crime. Still it could be quite an interesting new take on Batman, Catwoman and even the Joker, whilst bringing back some old favourites.

Superman mythos

When it comes to Superman I am more than happy for Henry Cavill to keep playing the role. He is a great actor, looks the part and has a real love for the source material. However at this stage his future with Warner Bros is uncertain. I hope it all gets resolved soon, but if not, I would want another young Superman. As much as I have liked previous versions of the character played by Tom Welling and Dean Cain, I don’t think that having an older Superman alongside an older Batman would be such a good idea. It would take away from Keaton’s role as the mentor hero, and also I think Superman should get a chance to lead the DC movies like he does in the comics.

As for who would play Lex Luthor, well personally I would love to see Michael Rosenbaum reprise his role from Smallville. Rosenbaum was an excellent Lex Luthor. He brought a lot of humanity and menace to the character, yet at the same time he didn’t get a chance to play a classic, standard Lex who is Superman’s enemy. (As Smallville revolved around the early years of Superman’s life when they were friends for the most part.) Jesse Eisenberg is a great actor, but his version of Lex was not that successful and he appears to have quit the role anyway so it looks like a recast is in order regardless.

Brainiac meanwhile would be played by James Marsters, who played him brilliantly in Smallville and could serve as an antagonist in a potential Superman or Justice League film.

If there are more solo Superman films, then I definitely think they should feature classic Superman villains who have not been given a chance to shine in the movies, aside from just Luthor and Zod.

Furthermore I also think that if they do focus on Lex, then he should be portrayed as the outlaw Lex. In the comics there have been two main portrayals of Lex Luthor. The mad scientist, desperate to take over the world, who creates time machines, giant monsters, power suits, death rays and who fights Superman directly, and the scheming business man who is more of a local, personal threat to Superman, and prefers not to get his hands dirty.

The films have so far preferred the latter portrayal as it is easier to mesh with a more realistic world. Personally though I’d like to see the mad professor, outlaw get some love. The DCAU version in the Justice League animated series, shows that this version can have a lot of dramatic weight and be more than just a one dimensional villain.

As for who could play Lionel Luthor, well personally I would love Clancy Brown, a highly respected character who provided the voice for Lex Luthor in Superman the animated series and Justice League. He’s sadly too old to play the role in live action, so I think having him as Lex’s father would be quite a good shoutout to the animated series.

Personally I would want the next Superman movie to feature Lex Luthor and Brainiac as the main villains. It could begin with Superman hunting the outlaw Lex, who teams up with Brainiac. At the end of the movie they could morph into a single entity to fight Superman, just like in the cartoons.

The next movie meanwhile I would like to see use Mr Mxylptlik, a famous rogue of Superman who has been somewhat overlooked. The final film would be Superman vs Darkseid and adapt the story of Darkseid brainwashing Superman and sending him to attack the earth from the animated series.

This could then lead onto the final Justice League movie which would wrap up the DCEU.

Conclusion

I realise that this will probably never happen. It seems doubtful that we will even get the idea of Michael Keaton as the mainline Batman anymore. I think it depends on whether or not Affleck wants to return at this stage.

Still this would be my ideal template for the DCEU for the next ten or so years.

First slate.

Wonder Woman 3, Flash, Black Adam, Aquaman 2, Shazam 2.

Second slate.

Solo Keaton movie, which features Catwoman and introduces the Huntress.

Superman 2, hopefully with Cavill fighting Rosenbaum and Marsters Brainiac.

Any other adaptation or sequel they have planned. (I wouldn’t say no to a Supergirl movie, if it were done right. Perhaps this movie could introduce Lionel Luthor?)

Justice League 2, which would introduce Gustin’s Flash to the DCEU, explain some of the other discrepancies and feature an expanded league saving the universe from being torn apart by the rip.

Third slate

Third Suicide Squad which features the end of Leto’s Joker. Not only would Leto create the new Joker, but he would discover Batman’s identity and give that knowledge to the new Joker.

Second solo Keaton movie featuring just him and the Huntress battling Clayface.

Second solo Superman movie.

Any other adaptations or sequels. I think another Flash movie with Gustin would be great. I’d make it a gothic horror movie where he takes on The Shade, a major Flash villain who was given no exposure virtually in the Flash tv series.

Justice League 3. Now this would be an adaptation of the famous Justice League Tower of Babel story from the comics. I think this story would go well with the Keaton Batman who is already more ruthless, paranoid and vicious than other versions. I would have Lex take the place of Ra’s Al Ghul, as Ghul’s motive for world domination would fit this version of Luthor. Lex would be told Batman’s secret identity by the Joker, and he would assemble the Injustice League to battle the League. It be a great way to give Monaghan more to do and have him opposite Rosenbaum’s Lex, finally giving us that infamous partnership. This would also most likely see the end of Lex’s time in the DCEU.

Fourth and final slate

Last Keaton movie where he and Monaghan kill each other.

Last solo Superman movie where he becomes Darkseid’s pawn and devastates the earth.

Other movies they have planned, though by this stage, any sequels would have to wrap up their stories.

Justice League 4. Final battle with Darkseid who plans to open the rip between universes and harness it for his own ends to remake all of reality in his own image. The League would battle his minions, with Superman finally defeating him, though it would only be with the aid of a weapon that Keaton’s Batman had designed. In order to complete the weapon, Barry would have to travel to the universe Affleck had been sent to and bring him here (which he could do after Darkseid re-opened the hole in reality.) Affleck, who would hopefully be convinced to sign up for the role one last time, and his Batman would finish the weapon and provide vital help in destroying Darkseid once and for all, bringing an end to the DCEU saga.

After this, give the DC universe a rest for a few years, then reboot it and get it right from the start this time. IE give each hero a movie to establish themselves in first, before going onto Justice League. Also leave any alternate universes out of it for a long time. Do NOT have any more merged universe. Not until there have been at least another 30 or so years of iconic DC films and television series.

Again not likely, but that’s what I’d like to see from the DC extended universe going forward. You may have other ideas though? Let me hear them.

Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On

Troubled Diva Amy Winehouse Dead At 27 – CBS Detroit

You start to feel old when the person who was the icon of your youth has been dead for a decade.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of Amy Winehouse, arguably the most iconic and influential British singer/songwriter of the 21st century.

Though her career was short, she left behind an incredible body of work that still resonates with people almost 20 years after it was released.

Whilst today obviously marks a sad anniversary for those who loved Amy, in some ways it can also be seen as a vindication of Amy as an artist.

Here we are ten years on and there is as much interest in this woman as ever. She clearly wasn’t just a flash in the pan, and her music clearly made an impact on people.

Not only are there plenty of people who were just children when Amy died who have become massive fans, but older generations who may have overlooked her at the time as just another modern pop star in life are also discovering her too.

For almost every single year for the past decade, Back to Black has been the best selling album of the 21st century on Vinyl, which has itself made a massive comeback in the past ten years. Despite its newfound popularity Vinyl is still mostly bought by older generations. When you look at the top ten best selling albums on Vinyl ever year, they are mostly made up of bands and singers from the 20th century.

I’m not saying that younger people can’t and don’t enjoy bands and singers from the 60s and 70s. (I do!) Or that modern singers such as Harry Styles don’t make the top ten best selling Vinyl albums. However the top ten singers and bands for other, more modern mediums such as downloads, streaming, even CDs are all modern bands and singers, whilst on Vinyl meanwhile Amy has been the only 21st century artists to crack the top ten every year.

Here is a full rundown of how well Amy’s music has continued to sell across all platforms.

Here are some more examples of Amy’s enduring popularity to older and younger generations.

Aside from her music still selling well, there have also been statues and Oscar winning films made about her life in the decade since her passing.

Her influence on other musicians meanwhile is just as strong as ever on both sides of the Atlantic. Prominent British artists to emerge since Amy’s death who cite her as their main or one of their main influences include Sam Smith, Celeste, Laura Mvula, Emeli Sande, whilst artists from other countries around the world to cite her as their main inspiration include Caro Emerald, Lana Del Rey, Alessia Cara,and Millie Bobby Brown.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2311420/Amy-Winehouse-diamond-says-Caro-Emerald.html

https://www.music-news.com/news/UK/138015/Celeste-I-think-that-people-are-getting-to-understand-me-in-my-ways-and-the-way-I-actually-am

In spite of this however I can’t help but feel that many tributes, and retrospectives on this important anniversary will probably remember Amy in the wrong way to some extent.

Obviously they will all talk about her talent and impact, but ultimately I can’t help but feel they will maybe make her into too much of a victim.

Amy was treated appallingly by the mainstream media. Her death should serve as a cautionary example of how cruel the industry can be to its stars, and there are many other important issues surrounding the dreadful treatment she received such as mental health being stigmatized, double standards against women. (There is no doubt that had she been a man who lived that kind of lifestyle. She would not have been scrutinized to the same extent.) Finally there is also the hypocrisy from many of the same papers that kicked her in the teeth when she was at her lowest eb, now celebrating her as a misunderstood musical genius.

That said however it is important not to let this shameful treatment from the media, and the tragedy of her early death overshadow her talent and great musical accomplishments.

Sadly the dominant narrative is that Amy was a complete joke during her lifetime and that no-one ever gave her any time until she died. That is complete myth and sadly it has been spread by her fans. I understand why. Her fans are justifiably still upset at the awful way she was treated, and get angry when they see hypocrites like NME now praise her. I myself have focused on the awful treatment she got in previous articles I’ve written about her.

Still ultimately I think that in our grief and anger over losing Amy we have overlooked just how incredible her career was in many respects. Back to Black was one of the best selling albums in the world for three years in a row, broke numerous records in terms of sales and awards all over the world, and made Amy a household name. Furthermore all of her albums were big critical hits too, and the biggest names in music, Tom Jones, The Rolling Stones, Debbie Harry, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Adele, Florence Welch, even Eminem all expressed interest in working with her and admiration for her talent.

Finally in addition to this she was also cited as an influence by the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, Paloma Faith etc, when she was alive.

Whilst there were many tragic things about Amy’s life, artistically it was incredibly fulfilling. She did live to see her music be appreciated by millions of people around the world, make a sizable impact on other singer/songwriters and have the people whose music she had grown up with like Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones and even Stevie Wonder all express admiration for her.

Sadly however I’d wager you will see very few articles mentioning this today. Instead most of them will be along the lines of “how we failed Amy Winehouse.” “Amy Winehouse is a lesson for the way the media treats women.” “How could we have saved Amy”. etc, with only a passing mention of her accomplishments.

Even worse is the fact that her talent is skipped over in many of these articles too. Amy was more than just a great soul singer. She was incredibly versatile. She could cover many different genres from Jazz to Soul to Reggae and she could sing more than just sad, downbeat songs about heartbreak.

She was incredibly funny and witty and many of her songs are actually quite humorous such as “I Head Love Is Blind” and “Fuck Me Pumps.” Others are quite upbeat fun dance songs like her cover Valerie, Amy Amy Amy meanwhile is a lively sexy song.

To simply write Amy off as another tortured artist I think does her a disservice. It overlooks her versatility, her wit and amazing sense of humour, and her passion for and extensive knowledge of music which allowed her to pick out such a wide range of songs to cover. Everything from classics by the Beatles and Billie Holiday to contemporary hits like Valerie.

Obviously I am not saying that articles exploring how Amy was mistreated are inappropriate and don’t have their place, and I’d be hypocritical if I didn’t acknowledge that I have written similar articles in the past. Still I think now after 10 years we can maybe try and remember Amy in a way that she would probably rather be remembered. Not simply as a victim off the media, but also as a pioneering, accomplished singer/songwriter in her own right.

Why Gina Carano Being Fired is Modern Day McCarthyism

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We love strong women, until they express opinions we don’t like, then we’ll make sure they are never heard from again.

It was announced that Lucas Films will be dismissing Gina Carano from her role in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian after her recent comments on Instagram were deemed offensive.

Sadly it came as no surprise to those of us who had been following the controversy surrounding Carano and the vicious attempts to derail her career from self indulgent, self righteous keyboard warriors, but I think this should be the final straw for cancel culture.

Carano is ironically everything the SJWs who have ruined her life claim to support. She is a strong woman who has enjoyed tremendous success in many different forms of entertainment from MMA (where she was a pioneer for women) to film and television.

Yet now not only has she lost the most high profile role of her career, but she has also been dropped by her agent and smeared in the mainstream media by Lucas films as being intolerant of other people’s religious beliefs and cultures.

Her career is in tatters for simply expressing some opinions outside of the show on her social media accounts.

In 2020, Carano simply refused to express support for Black Lives Matter. She didn’t condemn them completely, she simply did not want to be associated with them. Whilst there are obviously problems with police brutality and racism in America, BLM have proven time and time again to be a violent and extreme organisation.

At least up to 25 people lost their lives during the Black Lives Matters riots in 2020. For Carano not to want to associate with BLM is perfectly reasonable. It does not mean that she is a racist. At no point in her entire decade plus long career has Carano ever been accused of anything even remotely racist by any of her coworkers or fans, or been shown to have problems working with people from all ethnicities.

Suddenly however because she doesn’t want to express support for a violent organisation that means she must be tarred as a racist? That would be as absurd as me saying anyone who doesn’t support Scottish independence is a racist. (Less so actually as at least the SNP haven’t been responsible for mass riots that have killed people!)

Later in the year the woke Star Wars brigade demanded that Carano put her pronouns in her profile. (It does make me laugh how the woke fans will often comment on things like “fan entitlement”. I have never seen a more entitled group of cry bullies, than those who think they can actually demand an actor in a series do something or else there will be consequences. I guess they only like strong women as long as they aren’t too strong and think for themselves like Carano.)

Ultimately Carano refused as she thought it was stupid. At no point did she say she was against trans rights, or trans people, or anything like that. (She made that perfectly clear by stating that she supports trans lives.)

By simply not sticking her pronouns in her bio however, she was smeared as a transphobe! She later lightly poked fun at her critics by writing “beep, boop, bop” in her bio which led to numerous petitions and messages to Lucas films from angry Star Wars “fans” to fire Gina Carano.

The campaign continued relentlessly for months, during which time Carano expressed her opinion that the US election had been stolen from Trump. (I personally don’t agree, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone has made such an accusation. Lets not forget the conspiracy theories that are still ongoing about Russia stealing the election from Hillary Clinton in 2016 which other actors involved in the Star Wars franchise like Mark Hamill regularly tweeted about and supported yet faced no consequences for, as they shouldn’t of course, but you can see a double standard right away.)

Carano also expressed doubt about wearing masks to combat the COVID epidemic.

Finally the killing blow to Carano’s career came when she said that in some ways the treatment Republicans are getting is similar to what the Jewish population went through in Nazi Germany.

Here is Carano’s post.

Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours… even by children… Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.

Now personally I think that she is being hyperbolic. It is true that politics have become so divided in America that people are turning on even their own family members, never mind neighbours.

Still even then it is inappropriate to compare things now to the horrors of Nazi Germany (though once again the woke brigade started this with their rants about how Trump is literally Hitler.)

Let’s all get ready to sink Sarah Silberman’s career for trivializing Hitler and the Nazis 1.2.3.4

Sadly however this proved to be too much for Lucas films and they finally caved to the irrational, bullying mob of keyboard warriors and within a few hours, Carano’s backstabbing agent also dropped her.

Here is the statement released by Lucas films.

“Her (Carano) social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable,”

At no point has Carano ever denigrated anyone based on their cultural or religious identities. At no point has Carano even discussed religion. This is a bare faced lie designed to make impartial people who might only glance at the story think that Carano has been peddling racist and bigoted comments about Jewish people.

You have to ask why are Lucas films deliberately lying and misrepresenting her comments? Could it be because if they reported what she has actually said, fair minded and rational people wouldn’t have a problem? They might not necessarily agree (which I don’t with her comments about Trump and Republicans to be fair.) However they wouldn’t want to completely ruin the woman, which is what has happened now with even her own agent abandoning her.

What we are seeing is history repeat itself, but rather than Nazism, it is a modern day reverse McCarthyism. In the 1950s Senator Joseph McCarthy whipped up hysteria in the industry and among the public against the threat of communism. Anyone with even the mildest left wing views was tarred as the most extreme thing, a communist supporter of Joseph Stalin and they were fired from their jobs and blacklisted so they could never work again.

Many prominent actors, writers and directors careers were derailed for years, or finished completely and many people’s lives were destroyed as a result of McCarthyism.

https://www.history.com/news/7-famous-victims-of-the-hollywood-blacklist

https://www.biography.com/news/artists-blacklisted-hollywood-red-scare

Hilariously and tragically we are now seeing the left do exactly the same thing in reverse in the 2020s. Anyone who expresses even the mildest right wing views, or literally doesn’t dance to the pathetic whims of some sad sack fans who think they own the franchise is ruined.

Personally I think it’s time that the cowards who constantly cave to these bullies were held accountable. I think Carano’s agent should be named and shamed in the media for stabbing her in the back during her lowest eb. Other potential clients need to see what a cowardly Judas Carano’s agent is. I also think there should be a boycott of any future seasons of The Mandalorian and anything by those who decided to both fire and smear Carano in the media as “disrespecting other people’s religions” until either Carano is reinstated or Lucas films make a public apology.

(I think Carano should sue them for their comments if they don’t retract.)

It’s not simply enough to ignore SJWs anymore. They need to be shown that they can’t just ruin people’s lives and careers. Any time their toxic influence is imposed over a franchise, that franchise needs to be made to fail. People need to see that if they try and blacklist someone for their views, they will be the ones to face the consequences.

I’m sure some people will say this is hypocritical as now I am demanding a boycott, but this is not because of opinions Lucas films expressed. Plenty of celebrities I adore express opinions I don’t like. Lady Gaga supported Joe Biden, who I believe to be a creeper, war criminal and a blow to genuine progressive politics. Not once did I even criticise Lady Gaga for that, never mind attempt to ruin her career and smear her personally as the worst thing I could think of.

Lucas films have ruined Carano’s life. Not only have they fired her (Which always in ever area, makes it difficult for someone to find work after.) But they have smeared her in the media as disrespecting people’s religions and cultures, which will stick to her reputation and make others not want to work with her. They cannot be allowed to get away with that, and they cannot be allowed to set a precedent.

That’s what the SJWs don’t seem to get. If we can get someone fired for expressing opinions we don’t like, how long before someone takes offence at something you say?

I personally will never watch an episode of the Mandalorian again unless Carano is offered her job back. (Though if I was her I would spit it back in their faces after the cowardly, backstabbing way they treated her, but at the very least they should apologise and give her the offer.)

Where Have I Been

I have taken the longest break from my blog and my writing in general. Since October I have battled a really terrible form of depression. The worst period was in October, but it has come and gone in waves since then. The latest wave started in January this year and it has been a rough couple of days.

Sadly this has meant that my blog and writing have been put on hold for a while. Even when I feel better it’s hard to get back into the way of things, and then of course there is the fear that I might fall back into a terrible habit again.

I don’t know when I will be better. In the past I have foolishly come off medication after a few months when I thought I was better. I realise that depression is a life long battle and that you don’t just have odd periods and waves of anxiety. I might still be out of commission for a few months yet, but hopefully it won’t be as long as that.

I just want loyal readers to know that I haven’t forgotten about them or this blog, it’s just hard to stay focused right now.

Update to The Circus Master, Professor Fang and Doctor Who

The end of this year has been a quiet time for this blog. I have been suffering from a severe form of depression for the past few months, which has brought all of my writing to a stand still.

In the month I’ve been away, I’ve had time to think about the direction this blog has been going and I feel it needs a major overhaul.

I will no longer be posting my original fiction here. I will still be continuing my original stories, but now I am going to post on them on my Webnovel and Royal Road pages.

For those who are following The Circus Master, Professor Fang and Doctor, you can do so here.

Doctor Who: An Alternate Sequel Series.

https://www.webnovel.com/book/16942090405841905

The Circus Master

https://www.webnovel.com/book/16762359706276405

Professor Fang

https://www.webnovel.com/book/16762527205147205

I think this is a better approach as it gives me more time, and the stories are easier to follow on Webnovel as they are all collected together there.

I will soon be deleting all the chapters of my original fiction on this site. (As they are all duplicated on other sites.)

From now on Burrunjorsramblesandbabbles will return exclusively to opinion pieces, which I will be returning too soon. I’m not completely better, but I think I can at least resume my regular writing again.

Why Joe Biden’s Victory is a Bigger Blow For Left Wing Politics

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What could have been. What could have been.

I can’t believe that I was actually wanting another Trump victory (only when it became obvious Tulsi Gabbard wasn’t going to be the Dems candidate.)

It’s a testament to how bad things are when out of a country as large as America your choices are between an egocentric, failed businessman and a creepy, warmongering letch.

Joe Biden is now the President Elect of the United States and whilst many progressives over the world are literally cheering in the streets at having finally overthrown the evil tyrant, personally I think this, coupled with Corbyn’s crushing defeat in the United Kingdom is the biggest blow to left wing politics for a long while.

As we’ll see in this article, thanks to Creepy Uncle Joe’s victory, it will be a long time before we see any even remotely left wing candidate near the white house.

The truth about Joe Biden

The Joe Biden Allegations: Here's Everything We Know So Far

It makes me sick to see people praise Joe Biden as some kind of progressive champion against the official Demon, Donald Trump.

For the record I dislike Trump. His attempts to undermine Venezuela, his antagonism towards Iran and North Korea, the way he abandoned Julian Assange after praising Wiki leaks during the 2016 election and even his attempts to undermine the NHS in Britain, were all genuine reasons to want him away from the White House.

However that said when it comes to all of the issues that the SJWs accuse Trump of being literally Hitler over such as LGBT rights, civil rights, and misogyny, Biden is at least equal to Trump, if not more conservative on.

For LGBT rights for instance Trump was opposed to gay marriage for years, whilst Joe Biden has not only been opposed to gay marriage for just as long, he has also voted in favour of laws that persecuted gay people throughout his entire career.

Now in all fairness many politicians have changed their stance on progressive issues throughout their careers. Tulsi Gabbard was opposed to gay marriage for many years for instance.

However Tulsi openly admitted and apologised for being opposed to gay marriage, where as creepy uncle Joe (whose views were far more dogmatic and has done more to harm gay rights directly) has lied several times about his record.

In the 2020 debate Biden actually claimed that he was the first person of any administration to go on national television in support of gay marriage.

He even took credit for creating a widespread support for gay marriage among politicians.

And by the way, I might add, I’m the first person to go on national television in any administration and say I supported gay marriage. I supported gay marriage when asked. And so it started a ripple effect.”

The truth however is different. Not only did many Democrats and Republicans support gay marriage before Joe Biden, but Biden has helped persecute gay people in many different areas of life beyond simply their right to marry.

In 1973 Biden stated that gay federal employees were a security risk.

Biden also supported the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in 1994 which prohibited homosexuals from serving in the military and eventually saw more than 14500 homosexuals excluded from the military.

Later that same year, Biden also voted for an amendment that cut off federal funding for any school district that promoted acceptance of homosexuality as a lifestyle.

As for the issue of gay marriage in 1996 Creepy Uncle Joe also voted against gay marriage, supporting the “Defense of Marriage Act” which defined marriage as only a legal union between one man and one woman as a husband and wife. Biden was just one of 85 senators to vote in favour of the act.

Biden continued to voice his support the Defense of Marriage Act throughtout the entire 2000s, claiming that it was a state issue.

As President Bush said on a previous occasion, this issue should be left to the states. I agree. That’s why I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a ‘union between one man and one woman’ and does not require any state to recognize a same-sex union sanctioned under the laws of another state.

You know, think about this. The world’s going to Hades in a handbasket… and we’re going to debate, the next three weeks, I’m told, gay marriage, a flag amendment, and God only knows what else… We already have a law, the Defense of Marriage Act. We’ve all voted—not, where I’ve voted, and others have said, look, marriage is between a man and a woman and states must respect that. Nobody’s violated that law, there’s been no challenge to that law. Why do we need a constitutional amendment? Marriage is between a man and a woman.”

In addition to this Biden also voted to block the immigration of HIV infected individuals into the US in 1993, whilst Biden and Obama also sent over 400 million in cash to the Iranian government, a country that puts homosexuals to death.

Biden meanwhile has just as dodgy a record when it comes to the ladies as Trump.

https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-allegations-women-2020-campaign-2019-6

Biden’s record on civil rights is also somewhat patchy too and involves support for segregationists and the disastrous 1994 Crime Bill that deeply and negatively affected the African American community.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/joe-biden-didn-t-just-compromise-segregationists-he-fought-their-n1021626

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/17/joe-biden-race-crime-bill-1994-policing

He also hasn’t got the best track record on immigration either. Leaving aside his persecution of those infected with HIV, it was during Biden and Obama’s Presidency that the cages used to hold immigrants during Trump’s time were built and first implemented.

All of this is before we get into Biden’s strong opposition to medicare for all. Far from being on the left, Biden was able to whip up McCarthyite fears against Bernie Sanders due his left wing policies in the media and among the Democratic elite, in much the same way as the British media did against Jeremy Corbyn in 2019.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/10/biden-says-he-wouldd-veto-medicare-for-all-as-coronavirus-focuses-attention-on-health.html

As you can see Biden is by no means a more progressive candidate on the issues that Trump’s critics despised him over, but ironically he actually has a worse track record on other key issues like foreign policy.

Trump may have imposed sanctions and even launched some illegal attacks on other countries such as Syria, but at the very least Trump is ironically the only President not to launch a full scale illegal invasion of another country or start a war.

Though Trump only served one term, both Bush and Obama had launched illegal wars during their first term. The Iraq war which happened under Bush’s Presidency is the biggest atrocity of the 21st century, whilst the Libyan crisis under Obama saw the complete destruction of a secular Muslim country, the rise of Isis and a refugee crisis.

Nothing Trump did can compare to those two atrocities, which is why this glee over him being defeated from the SJWs comes over as very shallow and ironically insular. It seems for all the SJWs and the media’s claims of wanting to tackle racism and Islamophobia, the destruction of countries in the middle east, the massacre and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims doesn’t bring as much shame to America as Trump saying something sexist to his friends 15 years ago?

This ironically demonstrates how people don’t care about issues that don’t affect their country. It makes me sick to see supposedly left wing people act as though the American President was such a sacred, beautiful, honourable position that was disgraced by an uncouth idiot like Trump.

Ironically Trump is the only President of the past 60 years not to cause an illegal war.

http://www.socialist.ca/node/1992

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/khmer-rouge-cambodian-genocide-united-states/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/jan/05/fordsshame

https://www.theweek.co.uk/92389/the-iraq-war-15-years-on

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obama-administration-wrecked-libya-generation

https://chomsky.info/1990____-2/

Joe Biden meanwhile not only supported the Iraq War, he played a key role in instigating it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/joe-biden-role-iraq-war

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/remember-biden%E2%80%99s-role-promoting-iraq-war-bloodbath

Biden also supported the invasion of Libya as well as invasions of other countries such as Yugoslavia in 1999, and Syria in 2014 and 15.

In addition to this Biden has already, in contrast to Trump created tensions with Putin.

Considering both countries have enough nuclear weapons to destroy the entire planet several times over, the risk of a full scale conflict between both Nations can never be understated.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/29/putin-thanks-trump-for-tip-russia-says-foiled-terror-attacks

https://www.ft.com/content/09aff9cb-2315-438c-b283-1271264a1f2a

With this in mind Biden is certainly no alternative to Trump at least, but his victory actually represents a much greater defeat of left wing politics and progressive ideas than simply another republican in the White House.

What Biden’s Win Means For Progessives

Anti-fracking activist': Trump campaign calls out Lady Gaga ahead of rally  with Joe Biden
Love Lady Gaga, but she is definitely going to regret this. Actually no she won’t as she won’t be those affected by Biden’s opposition to universal healthcare during the upcoming recession.

With Donald J Trump, at least you knew where you stood. He was a right wing candidate who represented the right. The Democrats meanwhile are meant to represent the opposition to the Republicans, and offer at the very least a more liberal alternative.

Ultimately however the Democrats have become every bit as corrupt and right wing as the Republicans, and a Joe Biden victory has simply helped to secure the very worst hawks in the Democrat party’s power.

The Democrats needed another humiliating defeat. Their lost to Trump in 2016, evidently didn’t convince them that they needed to find a candidate more in line with the people, which Hillary most certainly wasn’t.

Biden is really no different to Hillary Clinton. Both war mongers, both flip floppers, both establishment candidates who were backed one hundred percent by the crooked mainstream media.

Two losses to an outsider candidate, which ultimately Trump was, would have forced the Democrats to pick a better candidate in 2024. They’d know that an outsider was a genuine threat, and that they couldn’t just pick a candidate that only care about their interests instead of at least some of the voters.

I’m not saying they would have picked a Bernie or a Tulsi Gabbard (though certainly Tulsi’s chances would have been better.) At the very least I think they probably have had to have picked a candidate that supported universal health care which is a very important issue for the electorate.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-election-progressives/

Now however thanks to Biden’s win, the Democrats have no reason to actually try and win genuine support from the electorate. They know that they can just whip up enough fear of the Republican candidate to convince people “Well at least I won’t be voting for someone who is literally Hitler”. In truth however by voting for Biden, they are voting for someone who is at least as right wing as Trump, yet is on the opposition’s side meaning that no matter who you vote for, you have a candidate opposed to universal health care and other left wing issues.

We are now further away from a candidate like Tulsi Gabbard, a genuinely anti war candidate who supported universal healthcare than we were in 2016.

Furthermore Biden’s failings will not be as scrutinised as Trump’s were. Just as with Obama, the public will become complacent again. (Don’t expect our brave, edgy comedians to comment on Biden in the same way, even if he starts another war. The Libyan crisis went almost unnoticed by the media for instance compared to Trump’s idiotic tweets.)

Trump’s victory now looks like just a fluke, rather than the people pushing back against the corruption in the Democrats party, and the influence of the mainstream media. The establishment needed two defeats to really get the message that people were fed up of not being listened too across, but now their power has been solidified.

Either the corrupt candidates in the Democrat party will know they can just whip up fear of the Republicans again in 2024, or the Republicans will win after the public’s frustration with four years of Sleepy Joe. This time however the Republicans will also not want an outsider candidate either due to Trump’s failure.

Trump as awful as he was, did at least represent a shake up of the status quo to both political parties, that someone from the outside can win if they appeal to what the people actually want, and the more the media try to demonise them, the more the people turn against the media.

Now however the Republicans are more likely to choose a George W Bush type figure than they are a Trump.

Conclusion

It’s always worse when the opposition is completely taken over by the right, than if a right wing party simply wins an election. I view Keir Starmer’s recent purge of Corbyn’s influence over the Labour Party to be far more catastrophic than a simple Tory win, as now there really is no one to vote for.

Sleepy Joe is not a progressive candidate. He is a trojan horse designed to dupe progressives into thinking that he is, because at least he’s not Trump, but ultimately he will carry on the same right wing policies as Trump, and possibly be even worse on issues like foreign policy, all the while the media will be propping him up as a great man.

Of course some people doubt that Biden will last the full term, but his Vice President Kamala Harris is every bit as corrupt and right wing.

It will be a long, long while before we get anything even approaching a candidate like Tulsi Gabbard, and sadly it felt like we were getting closer than ever. Trump’s victory was a blow to the establishment, even if he didn’t live up to his non interventionist stance.

His victory felt like the first positive step to seeing an outsider candidate like Tulsi or Bernie get in on the Democrats side, but now things have just returned to the status quo, with Trump’s victory being nothing more than a fluke that didn’t last.

Thanks for reading.

My Absence

Just a quick update to those wondering where I’ve been. My depression returned at the start of this month.

I stupidly came off my anti depressants earlier this year and it has caught up with me. It was this time last year that my depression struck and I feel every bit as bad now. Clearly this is my worst time of year for my illness.

All work on this blog and my fiction on other sites like Webnovel and Royal Road has ceased. I don’t know when I’ll be back.

I would urge anyone who is suffering from depression not to come off anti depressants before you are absolutely sure you are better, and never come off of them at once like I did.

There is nothing wrong with being on them, and I am paying the price for thinking that now.

Mulan and the Hypocrisy of Anti SJWs: The Horseshoe Effect.

Mulan' Actress Liu Yifei Dazzles in Elie Saab at Premiere [PHOTOS] – WWD
A victim of right wing cancel culture.

In yet another fine example of why the foaming at the mouth left and right are exactly the same thing, the right have recently supported a boycott of Disney’s reboot of Mulan.

The reason, its leading actress Liu Yifei expressed support for the Hong Kong police against the rioters on social media.

I support the Hong Kong police. You can beat me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,”

Naturally many of the anti SJWs who are normally opposed to cancel culture, who stood up for Gina Carano when SJWs tried to get her fired from another Disney production, The Mandolarin simply for expressing a political opinion, are either as silent as ghosts for Liu Yifei, or are actually supporting the boycott against her.

See here from a youtuber named JosiahRises who is normally opposed to Cancel Culture.

Meanwhile here are his opinions about SJWs getting people banned.

I guess freedom of speech doesn’t apply for Liu Yifei whose career he has been happy to help torpedo.

Now you might be thinking that I am being hypocritical as I dislike the politics in the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who and have openly criticised it, but to start with not once have I called on Jodie or any of the cast to be blacklisted and second I dislike how the politics are implemented into the series itself.

It’s not a question of Jodie said some things online that I disagree with and I won’t watch the show. I dislike the way that the politics in the series take precedence over the story, the way that characters like the Doctor and the Masters backstories are being rewritten and destroyed simply for a political agenda etc.

With Liu meanwhile the backlash against her, doesn’t even have anything to do with the film. It is simply because she expressed an opinion the anti SJWs don’t like outside of her work on the film, that they want to ruin her.

And they are trying to ruin her. They are helping to make her the fall figure for the film’s poor box office performance. I haven’t seen the film. It may be another bland, boring, pointless reboot and I certainly have no love for Disney. That’s the point however this will not harm Disney in the long run. All that will happen is that Disney will instead pin all of the blame on Liu Yifei thanks to the boycott against her comments. What other film studio will want to hire her if it’s known that people won’t even give her performances a chance because of her political opinions? She has more or less been blacklisted already. She hasn’t been judged on her acting, she hasn’t even been judged on the quality of the film she starred in.

There’s no doubt that Liu had expressed a support for the American police against Black Lives Matter, or criticised identity politics, or said there are only 2 genders and if it were rabid SJW fans like Mr Tardis Reviews calling for her to be boycotted, people like JosiahRises would be white knighting for her and calling her a badass standing up for free speech.

Essentially the anti SJWs, or the right are exactly the same as those they rally against. Both can’t stand contrary opinions. The only difference is that the left currently have more social and cultural power, so the right seem like the under dogs. Furthermore in regards to the sci fi and fantasy fandom, the left are currently the fanatics destroying major franchises like Doctor Who and Star Trek, so many otherwise impartial people will side with the right, assuming they are at least more reasonable.

In time however this dynamic could easily shift and when it does as seen with Liu anyone who expresses an opinion the right, the apparent advocates of free speech don’t like will be silenced without any hint of irony.

The smearing of Liu as a communist is also classic SJW behaviour too. SJWs will smear anyone who disagrees with them in the slightest as the most extreme thing, Nazis, alt right, misogynists etc.

(I have been a victim of this as my latest article on the toxicity in the Doctor Who fandom attests, where I was smeared as a misogynistic alt right shill on Gallifrey Base, compared to Mussolini and told to kill myself by Elizabeth Sandifier, a notorious SJW lunatic for criticising the Jodie Whittaker era.)

The right meanwhile have proven to be no better the way they smear almost anyone as a communist if they express even the mildest left wing views or contrary opinions, like Liu being critical of the protesters.

The Hong Kong protests were a somewhat complicated issue that was like many others stoked up by fake news and political opportunists.

See here.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-11/how-fake-news-is-stoking-violence-and-anger-in-hong-kong

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/26/hong-kong-protesters-accused-of-reckless-violence-over-christmas

Yet because China is seen as a communist country. (In reality its economic system is somewhat more complicated than that.) Then anyone who defends its actions in any situation like Liu must automatically be a dirty communist in the rights eyes.

Even if like Liu they are opposed to things the right claim to be against, like violent protests, fake news sowing division, then it doesn’t matter. If all of those things are applied to dirty Commies, then the right view it as a good thing!

I remember seeing Dave Cullen, a notorious right wing youtuber who spent an entire year trashing CNN for their biased coverage of Clinton and Trump, cite CNN as a reference against the Hong Kong police.

Liu isn’t the only victim of the right’s dogma however. ShoeOnHead a popular left of centre youtuber was recently smeared as a socialist/communist for simply associating with a socialist on youtube.

It’s funny that Sargon of all people who has associated with the likes of Yaron Brook,a notorious right winger who wants to destroy the NHS and Stefan Molyneux, a race realist, who has made deranged posts about women, would criticise Shoe on the basis of who she associates with.

You can see how the right have the same tribalistic attitude that the left have of you’re either with us or against us?

I’ve often said that ideologies like capitalism and socialism have replaced religion in terms of being a dogmatic cult that people will adhere to regardless of principles.

Why can’t politics be viewed in a more impartial, logical way? I wouldn’t say I am a complete socialist in that I don’t believe in handing over all power to the government. I think that in this scenario the government ends up replacing the large co-operations that are able to dominate in an unchecked capitalist environment.

I am more than happy for independent businesses that manufacture their own products to remain free. However I agree with many socialist policies like universal health care, welfare, I believe in renationalising the roads, railways, resources like gas and electricity.

I think Capitalism is extremely flawed as a system, and it has not only caused an incredible loss of life around the world, but even in the countries it is deemed a success, Britain and America, it is crashing and burning. Covid has accelerated the downfall of the system, but even before then poverty rates and unemployment were shockingly bad. (Particularly among the disabled.)

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2018/september/disabled-peoples-poverty-worse-govt-estimates

https://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/its-not-right-four-million-disabled-people-are-locked-poverty

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/february/nearly-half-everyone-poverty-either-disabled-person-or-lives-disabled-person

https://www.ippr.org/news-and-media/press-releases/1-1-million-more-people-face-poverty-at-end-of-2020-as-a-result-of-coronavirus-pandemic-finds-ippr

https://www.health.org.uk/publications/long-reads/living-in-poverty-was-bad-for-your-health-long-before-COVID-19

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/23/424990474/why-disability-and-poverty-still-go-hand-in-hand-25-years-after-landmark-law

China meanwhile with its more mixed economy model lifts more people out of poverty every year than any other country.

http://en.people.cn/n3/2020/0521/c90000-9692508.html

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2016-12/24/content_27763449.htm

https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/china-lifting-800-million-people-out-of-poverty-is-historic-world-bank-117101300027_1.html

https://m.economictimes.com/news/international/business/china-lifts-over-68-million-people-out-of-poverty-in-5-years-report/articleshow/62863326.cms

Now again I’m not saying there aren’t problems in China in regards to free speech and censorship. Obviously there are, but that doesn’t mean that the economic model in China hasn’t been successful. Also once again America and Britain are hardly squeaky clean when it comes to free speech. Ask Julian Assange, if he ever gets released, or hasn’t been broken by the physical and mental torture he has endured.

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3051087/100-doctors-alarmed-over-uk-prison-torture-ailing-julian-assange

For saying all of these things however I would probably be labelled a dirty communist by your average right wing shit lord, the same way the lovely people on Gallifrey Base accused me of being a disgusting woman hating alt right piece of shit.

Both view their political ideologies as religions and will defend them regardless of whether or not it violates their beliefs. Hence Sargon lambasting the left for canonizing Fidel Castro a brutal dictator, whilst praising Agusto Pinochet, a brutal dictator, or Dave Cullen warning us about fake news about Trump from CNN and then using CNN’s reports of China a proof of how corrupt it is, or JosiahRises warning us about cancel culture, whilst using cancel culture to smear and blacklist an actress who said something supportive about those pesky commies.

At the end of the day you should always stick up for what you believe in regardless of whether the cult like political mob you have chosen to associate with is for or against it. If you truly are against cancel culture, and for freedom of speech then you will have to support Liu Yifei who is as much a victim of cancel culture as Gina Carano.

I will continue to support both actresses because I am opposed to cancel culture regardless. Let’s see how many right wingers who are willing to do the same

Mulan' star Liu Yifei: Everything to know about the Chinese actress | EW.com
Evil commie bitch.

What Ruined Doctor Who: Part 5: Toxic Fandom

Paul Cornell (Person) - Comic Vine

Make sure you bend the knee.

In the past few articles of this series we explored how a certain fandom incrowd consisting of Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Gary Russell, Paul Cornell, Chris Chibnall, Nicholas Briggs (often nicknamed the Fitzroy Crowd as they all used to congregate at the Fitzroy pub) were able to slowly take over the Doctor Who franchise during the 90s when it was vulnerable, and bully their critics into silence as “Ming Mongs” and anoraks.

But if all this monkey-posturing sounds absurd, then let’s put in the context of the late ’90s / early 2000s. You may remember a time, in the days before “Doctor Who fans” meant thirteen-year-olds, when the Virgin / BBC novels actually seemed important. The authors certainly thought they were important, and pride was their most valued possession. After all, the reason I gained a reputation as an unhealthy influence was that I broke what Keith Topping called “the unspoken code”, the Omerta-like law which held that New Adventures writers should all stick together in the face of fandom and not publicly criticise each others’ work. I say “Omerta”, but in practice, they behaved more like Medieval overlords than mafiosa: the elite have to form a united front, because otherwise, they’ll be revealed as weak, flabby individuals and the peasants will get ideas above their station. Oh, and you’re the peasants, by the way. When the new series began, those authors who were promoted to scriptwriter-level went from “overlords” to “royalty”, which is why my heartless attack on Mark Gatiss was received with the same shock as if a small-time landowner in the Middle Ages had just referred to the Prince of the Realm as a big spaz.

You think I’m exaggerating…? Then consider this. When Paul Cornell took me to task for the social faux-pas of having opinions, he seemed appalled that I was incapable of respecting the natural hierarchy, and asked whether there was anybody I ‘bent the knee’ to. Bent the knee…? What is this, geek feudalism? When I told him that I had no interest in serving or reigning, he asked me: ‘Do your followers know that?’ I found it horrifying that anyone could even think that way, and I still do.”

Lawrence Miles

“I do worry about being surrounded by yes-men. You’re right, it happens. […] I don’t think it’s happened to me yet. In the end, just as good writers are hard to find, so are good script editors, good producers and good execs. When you find good people like Julie and Phil, their sheer talent cancels out the risk of them yes-ing. I suppose the danger is not RTD And The Yes-Men, but a triumverate of people who are so similar that contrary opinions don’t get a look-in.”

Russell T Davies

In this article we are going to explore how Doctor Who fandom has become cult like, and how the combination of this and toxic identity politics has made the franchises fandom so poisonous that it threatens to destroy the series itself. Not only have the truly toxic fans had an influence on the show itself, but they have also made all Doctor Who forums, and even editing what are supposed to be factual articles on Doctor Who websites insular and dogmatic to the point where I can’t imagine many people having time for the franchise anymore.

What happens on Gallifrey Base when someone disagrees with a piece of received wisdom from the Fitzroy Crowd. Cheers Jon Blum.

All fandoms can be dogmatic. All fandoms have people who are self loathers, who are sticklers for tradition, who are abusive to other fans etc.

With Doctor Who however as Lawrence Miles has pointed out it goes beyond that. The Fitzroy Crowd (particularly Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat) are elevated to the position of royalty simply because they made Doctor Who popular again for a few years in the 00s.

We have already explored how the vile treatment Doctor Who received from the mainstream media in the 90s and 00s, bred a kind of desperation in fans to see the show accepted again above all else, even it was no longer the same show in any way shape or form, just as long as the brand of Doctor Who wasn’t targeted by shallow, moronic comedians on panel shows, then that was all that mattered.

Sadly Davies and Moffat used this to create a special kind of loyalty to the point where any criticism of them and their writing, no matter how measured and fair is viewed almost as heresy by certain quarters of fandom. “These were the men who delivered Doctor Who to glory. If you go against anything they say, you’re the type that would drag us back to the dark days of the 1990s.”

Now fair enough in response to this, both Moffat and Davies have received very dedicated haters, who yes have gone too far at certain points in their abuse of Davies and Moffat.

Still I feel that this wouldn’t happen if Doctor Who fandom were allowed to reflect a wider range of opinions.

Criticise anything about Davies and Moffat’s tenures on sites like Gallifrey Base and you will be either be dogpiled on, insulted, or eventually banned. It seems we must all learn to bend the knee.

The addition of identity politics meanwhile has just made the cult like mentality all the worse.

From about 2010-13 Steven Moffat was viciously slandered by radical feminists and regressive leftists.

Again I’m not by any measure right wing, but I do have problems with the more extreme examples of the left and their influence on fandom. They often paint themselves as simply wanting stronger roles for women and minorities, when in truth they often want to impose their own political agendas beyond that on works of fiction that should be for everyone.

They also often ironically want to divide people by race, gender and sexuality and define them entirely by those aspects of their personality.

A for lack of a better term SJW series, is not simply a series starring black people, or women, or LGBT people, which no one but a genuine bigot would have a problem with. It’s a series filled with explicit anti men material, that focuses more on making tired, cliched political points than in telling a good story. (No one is saying you can’t include politics in fiction, but the story itself still has to hold up on its own.)

It will also present its female, minority characters as tokens and trophies than as characters.

An example of this type of series is the CW’s Supergirl., which I think serves as quite a good contrast with series like Xena, Red Dwarf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed none of which would be called SJW series, despite starring black, female, and LGBT leading characters.

Sadly as soon as the SJWs started to smear Moffat he caved. The reason they were able to get through to him, unlike Classic era fans was because the regressive leftists represent a young, hip, millenial audience to the Fitzroy Clique that they hope to win favour with. As they are all middle aged, it’s natural that they would want to make sure they don’t lose the young crowd. Of course there are plenty of middle aged SJWs and plenty of young classic era fans (including yours truly.)

Still Moffat and the rest of the Fitzroy Crowd held that mindset and so they went along with what the regressive left wanted for the series from the start of the Capaldi era onwards.

Here are examples of the SJWs vicious smear campaign against Moffat, as well as responses from Moffat and others to show it bothered them.

Problematic Posters For Doctor Who

Steven Moffat is a Classist

Has Doctor Who Become Sexist

Doctor Who Is Racist New Book Claims

Doctor Who Returns New Direction

BBC Responds To Sexist Accusations

Karen Gillan: Moffat Not Sexist

Steven Moffat Tweets Against Accusation of Sexism

Moffat’s “followers” as Paul Cornell would refer to them as, naturally followed suite when he started to embrace political correctness and unfortunately this just allowed them to bully dissenters to a greater extent than ever before.

Now they could smear you as a racist, a sexist, a homophobe over simply not liking the latest incarnation of the series, rather than simply a ming mong or not a true fan.

Here are a list of responses I received on Gallifrey Base to give you an example of the shows toxic fandom. The post in question that triggered these charming responses was simply asking posters how they’d fix Doctor Who. I mentioned decanonizing the revival, and not pandering to political correctness and the Gallifrey Base posters were not happy.

“It would seem burronjor finds the Thirteenth Doctor a sexually dominating figure and that makes him uncomfortable. I’d suggest his anxiety about that is more a matter for himself and a professional working in confidence, rather than for the BBC to make changes to accommodate. I mean they don’t even take strobe lighting off shows to accommodate people with photo-sensitive epilepsy – they just give a warning. Accommodating people who have fringe sexual hang ups they’re uncomfortable with, so they’re not triggered, isn’t very practical.”

“Whiny little bigot, when we see women or non-whites promoted to primary hero figures, that’s enough for manbabies like you to bitch and moan about how oppressed they are.”

I never once said I had a problem with women or non whites being promoted to primary hero figures. Would I have written articles like this if I did?

Xena Vs Buffy

Would I have been retweeted by leading actresses from genre tv series if I did?

Dana Delorenzo “Means More To Me”

(Just to be clear I don’t know Dana Delorenzo. She tweeted this because she liked my idea of her playing Amy Winehouse.)

I got that response from simply criticising the Jodie Whittaker era.

“I can only say, having been a fan since 1977 and an active member of this forum and its predecessor since 2003 you are, quite simply, the worst Doctor Who fan I’ve ever encountered.”

“I could point you to exactly the video in which Bowlestrek is Islamophobic but I don’t want to contribute to monetizing the **** any more.”

I don’t watch Bowlestrek’s videos anymore. I used to watch some of his videos, but he ended up becoming stuck too much in the angry guy mode. I also thought his recent tweets about Jodie being ugly were nasty and childish. That said he is not a white supremacist or a racist, and the constant smearing of him as a bigot has I think led to him being more aggressive in his videos and tweets. (He certainly wasn’t as aggressive in his earlier videos.)

“There are loons on both sides, yes. You’re one of them.”

“You sound awfully threatened by inclusive casting. I genuinely think this is where a lot of this anger towards Jodie’s casting comes from – loss of privilege feels awfully like discrimination don’t you think?”

Yes I certainly am threatened by inclusive casting and female led forms of entertainment. That’s why I write articles like this. Top 10 Best British Female Singers of the 21st Century

“Understand? Of course you do. Because you know all this, and you know the difference in society between then and now. You’re just trying to justify yourself because you don’t like diverse casting in a show you think should belong to you.”

“All I see is you ranting a load of alt-right rubbish. The show is exactly the same as it’s always been.

What’s changed is people like have been radicalised by extremists and trolls on line. You hide behind your racism and sexism by pretending writers have been bullied into creating rubbish characters.”

“It was about as mature, sophisticated and eloquent a response as the fetid maggot-strewn rubbish that you’ve been posting actually merits. Perhaps even more so, but I’m feeling generous.”

“But is that your Mam shouting to tell you that your tea’s ready? Best run along now, before your fish finger butties go cold.”

“I don’t think bynnojor is really interested in discussion ,or facts, or really anything than spewing his ignorant, vial hatred and dated alt-right nastiness all over the place. All the usual points, all the usual “pretending to be reasonable”, all the usual SJW, woke, buzz words. It’d be a parody but people like this do esist, and they are delude din the belief that they are some kind of majority. They just want to exist ina world of hatred where women and PoC are only featured if they keep in their places.”

Hilariously enough after this tirade of abuse I was banned for life for my supposed bad behaviour.

Gallifrey Base is far from the only site that will abuse and then ban you if you dare to question anything that the Fitzroy Crowd have said however.

On the website TV Tropes and Idioms I was banned simply for editing their article about the Doctor Who villain The Master.

TV Tropes article about the Master states that he and the Doctor had always had a romantic relationship with one another. (As do other articles on their site.)

I simply edited in the truth about the characters development in the Classic era. Originally the Master was going to be revealed to be the Doctors brother. Roger Delgado who played the Master himself thought up this idea and Jon Pertwee who played the Doctor liked it, as did Barry Letts the co-creator of the character.

They were going to reveal that the Master was the Doctors brother in Delgado’s final story, The Long Game, but tragically Delgado was killed in a car accident before this story could be made.

Barry Letts would later oversee producer John Nathan Turner’s first season as producer. He filled JNT in on the backstory of the character of the Master, including the idea that he was the Doctors brother.

JNT liked the idea and hinted at it throughout his era. He even came close to revealing it in Planet of Fire, but cut the scene at the last minute because he wanted to leave the mystery about both characters past open.

You can find an interview with Jon Pertwee on the Planet of the Spiders DVD where he talks about this, and says that as far as he is concerned the Master and the Doctor are brothers, and that’s the only way their relationship makes sense.

Barry Letts in the same docu confirms this. Peter Davison meanwhile on the Planet of Fire DVD confirms that JNT believed the Doctor and the Master to be brothers and almost revealed it in the Planet of Fire.

These are simple, easily verifiable facts and for writing them into the Master’s article on TV Tropes I was banned for life from the site.

The reason for that is because TV Tropes are very biased towards the Moffat era and the revival overall. Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies, “ship” the Doctor and the Master.

Quite why you would want to ship the Doctor with a genocidal, sadistic, mass murdering monster who was envisioned as being the Doctors BROTHER, I have no idea, but again because Davies and Moffat say it (and wrote it into their versions of the character) a lot of their “followers” bent the knee and not only say that is how their relationship is now, but insist that it was always the case to make sure Davies and Moffat’s versions don’t stand out.

Steven Moffat in particular always insisted that his version of the Master, Missy channeled Roger Delgado, the original Master. This was undoubtedly because Missy was the first female Master, so in order for her to be a success, Moffat not only claimed she was in line with the others, but actually MORE faithful to the original than the other male Masters were.

It was a bold move, but it doesn’t hold up to anyone who has seen even 2 seconds of Delgado’s Master.

Delgado Master

MASTER: How well you know me, Doctor! Now come on, smarten yourselves up. We want to look our best for a royal audience, you know.
JO: He’s very confident.
MASTER: Well, Miss Grant, as an Earth poet once said, ‘My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure’. Come on, you fellows, let me out! Your Emperor is waiting to see me.

Missy

MISSY: Well, yes, of course it is. I mean, how would you ever find your glasses? Or the little girl’s room? And what if you kissed an ugly?

I think a lot of SJWs also adopted the Master and the Doctor together as gay icons, which is silly as their relationship isn’t exactly a positive representation of gay relationships.

Naturally writing in the actual FACT that the Master and Doctor were meant to be brothers completely destroys the entire Master/Doctor shipping crap, and shows just how unfaithful Moffat and Davies’ versions the character were. Even if you like Missy, if you are being truthful you have to write that she was a huge deviation which Davies and Moffat’s followers aren’t prepared to do, so I had to be banned.

Here is the conversation I had with a mod named Fighteer who both insulted and banned me.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=5cma6iojg5o27puhulc24sje&page=834

After this I was still able to log on, via an old account. I then tried to edit another article on their site about pandering to the base and included Steven Moffat’s attempts to pander to the extreme feminist side of his audience (which I backed up with facts.) Once again I was banned.

I foolishly tried to sort out my differences there with a new account in a discussion page, and backed up everything I had said about Moffat’s pandering with verifiable sources, only to be insulted and banned yet again. Not only that I also brought up the issue on the discussion page of the article in a civil and reasonable way (again with sources,) only to have what I wrote deleted after I was banned, in an effort to make sure no one could read my points.

Here is my latest confrontation with the people who desperately want the Doctor to sleep with his evil, xenophobic, twisted brother.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/query.php?parent_id=90524&type=att#comment-90524

You can see how none of them are able to answer my question?

Instead it’s just all insults, calling me a crushing bore, telling me I lack the moral high ground, because I ban evaded and “I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER”. In regards to the ban evasion I was upfront about it. What else was I to do? I was banned unfairly for stating an objective FACT, just because it flew in the face of a mods infantile shipping agenda.

Fighteer demonstrated remarkable maturity by stating this after banning me again.

Well, that’s fun. Bye, ban evader. By the way, I feed on your hatred. It makes me more powerful.

Ironically this sounds like something the Master from the classic era, who was depicted as a controlling megalomaniac would say.

DOCTOR: The Master’s consumed with hatred. It’s his one great weakness.
MASTER: Ha. Weakness, Doctor? Hate is strength.

This is where posting FACTS will get you on a DW site. It wasn’t even as though in regards to the Master I posted anything controversial. It was literally just a description of what Barry Letts and Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado all wanted the character to be, yet because it didn’t fit in with Moffat’s kinky Mary Poppins version, that was enough for me to be insulted, smeared as a misogynist, a bore, a trouble maker and get banned three times!

Sadly the same would undoubtedly be true on other sites. If you were to edit the wikipedia article on the Master to include the knowledge that the Master was supposed to be the Doctors brother and mention how the character has changed over the years, (the way that other articles do about villains like the Joker.) A Moffat fan or a rabid SJW would most likely remove your edits without any kind of proper discussion and ban you as a trouble maker, a homophobe and a sexist.

A part of me wonders if future releases of Planet of the Spiders or Planet of Fire will even include the interviews with Letts and Pertwee and Davison, talking about the Masters origins? If they do, then people will know how unfaithful Missy is. (They’d know that just by watching the original Masters, but still you can’t even argue that the romance was a subtext with this in mind.)

I can easily imagine these extras and interviews being left on the cutting room floor, and all official articles on tv tropes, wikipedia being edited and monitored to make sure Moffat’s and Davies’ versions aren’t as ridiculously out of place as they seem. (Even though they still are.)

Similarly on the Planet Skaro Forum I was banned for stating the facts about the smear campaign about Steven Moffat. Ironically I had only come to the forum in the first place because someone insulted me after I had posted a link to a particular thread a few times (as examples of Moffat’s disdain for the original series.)

A poster accused me of being “the worlds angriest Scot” (as though my Scottish heritage has anything to do with my arguments?) When I explained myself, and again posted links to my arguments, the mods blocked me and sent me a private message calling me a stupid prick.

Here is the thread.

Planet Skaro Forum

One of the worst individual examples of toxic fandom meanwhile has to be Elizabeth Sandifier, a popular blogger.

Sandifier has always been a somewhat irrational, bullying figure. (She has a page on LOL Cows for a reason.)

I personally had a clash with her when she obsessively went through a number of my posts on The Hive and started stalking me on twitter. (She accused me of being alt right, a sexist and encouraged people to mock my original fiction.)

When I confronted her on her accusations, and asked her to name me ONE thing I had said that was sexist or alt right, she called me a sexist cockwomble and blocked me.

Two years later, after the debacle of the Timeless Children which Sandifier hated (it seems that was too far even for the cult like New Who fans.) I decided to offer an olive branch and left a comment on her blog saying that we needed to ditch the Doctor Who is all about change narrative.

She responded by telling me to get the fuck off of her blog. When I told her that was a childish response and she should grow up, she posted a song telling me to kill myself.

Here is the song she posted.

https://idieyoudie.bandcamp.com/track/join-mussolini

I suffer from severe chronic depression as anyone who follows this blog (or looked obsessively at my posts on the Hive as she did) would know. I have been open about my struggle with it for years. Almost every single year this blog has been delayed at some point due to my frequent bouts of severe depression.

Yet Sandifier would send me a song saying “KILL YOURSELF, KILL YOURSELF, KILL YOURSELF DON’T DELAY.” When I pointed out to Sandifier my struggle with mental health problems and how inappropriate it was, she responded by deleting my comment talking about my struggles with mental health, but leaving the comment telling me to kill myself.

Essentially she wanted to taunt me about killing myself, but not get into trouble for it with her woke friends, so she deleted the comment that showed she was taunting someone with mental health problems, rather than the comment taunting someone with mental health problems. I think that tells you all you need to know about Sandifier.

The toxicity of fandom extends even to those who run Doctor Who Magazine and official events.

I recently got into a spat with Benjamin Cook who blocked me. Now in all fairness I am not going to play the victim here. I told Cook to fuck off. Recently Doctor Who Magazine recently hired Claudia Boleyn and many other controversial figures in fandom and openly said that if this upset regular fans, all the better. Claudia Boleyn is a youtuber, singer/songwriter who has been quite vocal about what she feels is the misogyny of the Moffat era. I like Claudia as a person to be fair. She is a very nice, intelligent woman, but I disagree with her political points and by her own admission she was part of the SJW wave of fans. Hiring her, whilst being so vocally against the likes of Bowlestrek and Nerdrotic as what fandom shouldn’t be is making a definite statement.

The magazine however later had to censor and dismiss Claudia Boleyn when she wanted to write an article focusing on the misogyny in the Moffat era. (Showing that even the SJWs have to know their place and bend the knee.)

Naturally when Ben Cook wanted the older fans back, I told him he could fuck off after insulting us, and his response was to send this to me.

Oh mate. DWM is a magazine about Doctor Who, made by people who love Doctor Who, for people who love Doctor Who. And that’s not you. You’re just an angry, women-hating, transphobic turd. If you were the last man alive, DWM wouldn’t want YOU as a reader.

Ha nice try: Now fuck off outta my mentions. I’ve read your tweets. Alt right? You’re not even one of the interesting ones. You’re just… boring.

And half YOUR mentions are people telling you to fuck off. So let me add to the chorus…

Fuck off, you sexist cockwomble.

Now again I didn’t expect a civil response, but I do find it quite funny the way that Cook felt he needed to put me in my place. Who am I? I should be a nobody to Cook, but clearly just as Laurence Miles pointed out in the 00s, the clique are so desperate not to be rumbled, any criticism, even from the plebs and ming mongs they would have looked down on, must be silenced. Also his arguments consists of the usual smearing me as a woman hater, a transphobe, a racist etc, without any proof or even reason to think that I am any of those things.

EDIT update, I later had a much more civil interaction with Claudia Boleyn which really moved me and just further reminded me not to tar all or even most new who, RTD era, SJW fans with the same brush. Whilst there is a problem with toxic fandom, it only represents a minority who sadly have all the power.

Recently when Claudia was suffering from depression. (Something I can obviously relate too.)  I sent Claudia a message of support, and she was grateful and sent this lovely message back to me.

Thank you so much for your comment, Burrunjor. It honestly made me smile. Thank you for your kindness and for your compliments. I hope you know that though our views may differ, I really do respect you, and that it means more than I can say that in spite of that you’ve taken the time to wish me well. You mention your own feelings of regret, and I hope you find some peace with those soon. I also hope it’s not wrong of me to feel comforted by you sharing your struggle with a similar issue last year. I think just knowing that you’re here now, and you got through it, has given me a lot of strength.

(Also, I’m a Sasha Dhawan girl now!)

All the best and I wish I could do more to thank you. Xxx

I think this is very important to remember when discussing the toxic side of fandom, as it shows that people with different views can get along very well, which just further highlights how irrational people like Elizabeth Sandifier and those on Gallifrey Base are.

At no point in all the times I’ve been banned, told to kill myself, told to get the fuck out of Doctor Who fandom, smeared as a racist, a Nazi, a homophobe, had people gloat about kicking me off of websites, delete what I’ve written, been subject to racist abuse “KILL YOURSELF WHITE BOY TODAY” “World’s angriest Scot,” has anyone come up with a counter argument to my points about Steven Moffat, Missy and Delgado, or feminist pandering in the revival.

By far and away the most disturbing example of how far some cult like Doctor Who fans are willing to go however, is the recent smearing of Bowlestrek on social media as an animal abuser.

Again I acknowledge a lot of Bowlestrek’s content has become derivative and nasty, (far more so than Claudia Boleyn’s content ever was against Moffat for instance. She always insisted that it wasn’t personal, whilst Bowlestrek recently made nasty comments about Jodie looking like a pig.) That still doesn’t excuse the lengths people on Gallifrey Base and other sites have gone to discredit him however.

Recently a group of Doctor Who fans on twitter created a false rumour that Bowlestrek raped a dog. This was then picked up by users on Gallifrey Base and repeated as a fact on their site and across all of social media. Doctor Who fans even started sending Bowlestrek pictures of dogs, and messages saying “woof.”

These accusations could seriously threaten Bowlestrek’s everyday life, make him unemployable, make him a target of vigilantes. The rumour was completely fabricated, but the posters on twitter and Gallifrey Base hoped the mud would stick. I spoke with several fans who were spreading the rumour, telling them that it was slander. Their response was simply to say that Bowlestrek deserved it because he referred to Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Nasty.

See here

Mr Tardis Reviews “Bowlestrek Dog Rumours”

Here one fan named Dimmeh Looming openly admits she knows it isn’t true, yet continues to spread it around because she finds it hilarious (she also continues to tweet Woof at Bowlestrek.)

Dimmeh Looming on Twitter

This was a serious wake up call for me not to get involved with organised fandom anymore. Whilst it’s lame, cowardly, and pathetic to ban people for not accepting your infantile revisionist views of Roger Delgado and Jon Pertwee, or to call people misogynists for not liking Jodie’s “performance”. Trying to smear someone as a sex offender for making shouty youtube videos is frightening and a sign of just how dangerous an organised fandom for something as benign as Doctor Who can become.

Bowlestrek shags dogs

Stop Raping Your Dog

You Got Offended When That Dog Article

One Hand on His Dick Thinking About Dogs

The very idea that these people would try and ruin a man’s life like this over a disagreement over a crappy tv show defies belief.

What’s hilarious about the rise of toxic fandom is how they often try and smear their critics of being guilty of what they are actually guilty of. (A common tactic among all bullies.)

A prominent example of this can be seen in Mr Tardis Reviews recent outburst at the NotMyDoctor crowd. Now I have covered Mr Tardis in previous articles. He is a youtube commentator who shills for the BBC (he has admitted working for them in a freelance capacity in the past, and is clearly desperately trying to get a job with them.)

He is also a rampant egotist who sees himself as a knight for women, minorities, and LGBT people in the genre. He happily throws other Doctor Who and sci fi fans under the bus and smears them as sexists, white supremacists etc, just to make himself look better.

The great irony is that he barely knows anything about female or minority characters. Not once on his channel has he ever reviewed an iconic female led genre series, like Xena, Buffy, Charmed, Once Upon A Time, Ghost Whisperer, Sleepy Hollow, I Zombie etc. He doesn’t follow any major actresses from the genre on social media, like Lucy Lawless, Lana Parilla, Maggie Q or Dana Delorenzo (he probably wouldn’t know who half these women were.)

When I called him out on this he ran through a list of female led films he had reviewed. The only problem was they were all films he had to review either as a professional critic or to stay relevant. None of them were films he had tracked down on his own, and even then the list was poor as he was forced to include 50 Shades of Grey among them.

Mr Tardis doesn’t care about female heroes at all. It’s just a way for him to stroke his ego and get in with the BBC, but in spite of this he tries to present himself as an impartial figure in Doctor Who fandom.

In the last few months as the Jodie era’s viewers have crashed, Mr Tardis has naturally taken to blaming the toxic white male fans, but ironically all of the things he accuses the NotMyDoctor crowd of, he and those he associates with are far more guilty of.

See for yourself.

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First off I’d just like to say how ironic it is that Mr Tardis is blaming Doctor Who fans for the shows fall in viewers. Don’t you remember when Jodie’s first episode aired to massive viewers, he was gloating about “get woke, get high viewing figures?”

See here.

Yet now it’s all our fault? Hilariously enough Dave Cullen said this exact thing would happen before Jodie’s first series aired that when it declined in viewers, it would be the sexist white males who would get the blame. (I am not the biggest fan of Dave Cullen. I am a socialist, and I support gay marriage, so I clash with him on most major issues. Still credit where credit is due, unlike Mr Tardis he called it out exactly as it was.)

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The very idea that Bowlestrek is a white supremacist is laughable. Notice that Mr Tardis never backs his claims up. I do. In this article I include tweets of people accusing Bowlestrek of raping a dog (and admitting that it’s a lie.) I have links to arguments on TV Tropes and Planet Skaro, direct quotes from Gallifrey Base.

Mr Tardis on the other hand can’t find one quote from Bowlestrek that backs up the claim that he is a Nazi.

As for accusing others of spreading fake news, this is a man who saw nothing wrong with people spreading rumours that Bowlestrek was a sex offender, who claimed Jeremy Clarkson was a holocaust denier and who had to retract a completely false statement he made about Sargon of Akkad and apologise for it.

See here.

Again I back up what I say Trilbee. By the way I despise Sargon of Akkad too. I used to like some of his videos I admit, but I now consider him a right wing shill and apologist for Pinochet. Still unlike Trilbee I’ve never had to retract anything negative I’ve written about him, because I actually do my research when criticising him and don’t just jump on a “Sargon bad man” band wagon.

Furthermore Mr Tardis’ videos and articles are often very poorly researched. In his review of Amy, the 2015 Amy Winehouse biography (which is one of the few good female led films he has reviewed, but even then that was only because it was out in the cinema.) Mr Tardis regularly refers to Amy Winehouse’s boyfriend that got her addicted to drugs and inspired Back to Black as Reg Travis.

As anyone who paid even the slightest attention to Amy’s life will know, it was her earlier boyfriend, Blake Fielder Civil that got her hooked on drugs and inspired Back to Black. She only knew Reg Travis for the last two years of her life, and he tried desperately to get her off alcohol.

If he only referred to him as Reg Travis once, it could have just been an honest mistake, but he does so at least 3 times throughout the article.

See here.

TrilbeeReviews.com Amy

And all of this is exacerbated by her relationship with her boyfriend Reg Traviss which was incredibly damaging due to his negative influence.

She wrote “Back To Black” when her relationship to Reg Traviss originally broke down and it was one of the most difficult periods of her life. She eventually got back with Reg and overcame many of her struggles.

You uh, you sure about that?

Reg Traviss talks about Amy

With this in mind I wonder if he has actually even watched the film, as there is no way anyone could possibly think Reg Travis was the person who got Amy hooked on drugs otherwise.

(He also clearly never paid any attention to Amy back in the 00s when she was around either. Again so much for appreciating prominent female entertainers. I meanwhile was a fan of Amy’s since 2003, just sayin.)

Nerdrotic meanwhile at least was proven right about the Ruth Doctor rumor.

Nerdrotic claims Doctors original gender to be revealed in Season 12

Never mind Nerdrotic’s fake news (that’s actually real) I’d be worried about getting sued by Jeremy Clarkson and Bowlestrek and Reg Travis if they ever see what you wrote about them Shilbee.

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It’s hilarious that Mr Tardis would complain about gatekeeping. This from a man who once said “GET THE FUCK OUT OF THIS FANDOM.”

Second I wonder if this bigotry includes “KILL YOURSELF WHITE BOY TODAY.” Or “World’s angriest Scot?” I wonder if this vile behaviour includes smearing people as sex offenders, or telling people who’ve suffered a severe, chronic, life long battle with depression to kill themselves?

Also I think it’s funny how the NotMyDoctor crowd are being accused of being bad fans because they dislike the current version, whilst Mr Tardis never held this attitude towards the feminists and SJWs who smeared Moffat as a sexist during the 2010s?

They devoted an entire website to trashing Moffat called STFU Moffat.com

STFU Moffat.com

Yet where was Mr Tardis, who was around at that time’s outrage and declaration that these people deserve unhappiness and that he was glad they were miserable?

Furthermore for all his talk of the NotMyDoctor crowd bullying actors and people involved in the show, Mr Tardis doesn’t seem to care when people are actually fired and even blacklisted from the franchise for expressing the wrong opinion to the other side.

Now tell me Mr Tardis who was it that got two people involved in the franchise (ironically two gay men) fired recently?

That would be the SJW “fans” who got both Gareth Roberts a longtime writer for the series, and James Dreyfus, who plays the first incarnation of the Master in the Big Finish audios, fired and blacklisted for criticising identity politics online.

James Dreyfus on Twitter:

James Dreyfus on Twitter:

“Your tears say more than substantial evidence ever could.”

James Dreyfus on Twitter:

James Dreyfus on Twitter:

James Dreyfus on Twitter:

Another Week in the Relentless War on Women 20th - 26th July.

Following these attacks, Dreyfus was dismissed by Big Finish from his role as the Master.

Meanwhile Gareth Roberts was also not just fired, but blacklisted from the entire franchise too. Just to be clear I don’t agree with Roberts, in that I think that trans people do exist. I do believe that gender dysphoria is real, and I have no issue whatsoever with calling a trans woman, a woman. Still to essentially ruin the man’s life by making him never able to work again, especially in a franchise that he helped keep alive during the wilderness period is really low.

Gareth Roberts Axed From Doctor Who

Hey it’s not like the warm, inclusive side of fandom that Mr Tardis associates with actually chased a former Doctor off of Twitter is it?

Oh that’s right they did, just days after Jodie was announced.

Peter Davison Chased off Twitter

Meanwhile Colin Baker who was for a female Doctor, and who wrote a condescending article insulting those who were opposed to it, wasn’t chased off of twitter at all.

And to think Mr Tardis complains because someone he claims to know who worked on series 12 (he conveniently doesn’t say who, or show any evidence) received mean tweets from some NotMyDoctor people. Try having your entire career torpedoed because you disagreed with the other side, or being chased off social media by fans of a franchise you starred in, or told to off yourself when you’re struggling with mental health issues?

Ultimately none of this matters to Mr Tardis or any of the true toxic side of fandom. They literally don’t see Jodie’s critics as people, so it’s okay to smear them in the worst possible ways, taunt them for their mental health problems and ruin their careers.

All of the things Mr Tardis has said are true about the side of fandom he has chosen to ally himself with. They are the ones who will be putting people off. Can you imagine any normal person wanting to be part of Doctor Who fandom today? Why would they want to be part of a forum where if they disagree with received wisdom they’d be labelled a ming mong, a sexist, an animal abuser, and told to go kill themselves?

And by wrong opinion I mean stating an objective fact about the shows long history, like writing that the Roger Delgado intended the Master to be the Doctors brother.

Then there is the fact that actors and writers are in danger of having their entire careers sunk, and their reputations slandered by this warm, inclusive fandom. Honestly what producer, writer or actor would want to work on Doctor Who (an already dying franchise) and run the risk of pissing off such a volatile and bullying fandom (who the BBC and Big Finish will always cater to?)

The only type of person interested in joining that type of fandom is someone who already has the same cult like mentality.

Gallifrey Base gets a new patron (It needs all the support it can get these days not surprisingly since most of its old guard have been either chased off or banned.) Cheers Jon Blum.

Even worse than the toxic fans however are the cowardly fans in the middle. They are arguably the people who have let it get so bad.

There are many fans who understandably want no part in the culture war that Doctor Who fandom has become, which is fair enough. I have no ill will towards fans who wisely just left the shit show the fandom is now like the youtuber, Wingy Media. He is the smart one.

However the people I get annoyed at are the likes of Who Addicts Reviews and Channel Pup, both of whom complain about toxic fandom, but only ever go after people like Bowlestrek.

It’s cowardice plain and simple. I hate saying that as I have had a few interactions with Channel Pup and we got along fine. I don’t think he is a bad person, (not like Sandifier) but the way he only goes after Bowlestrek so vehemently to me always seemed like he was going after an easy target.

I could be wrong, and if he wants to challenge what I’ve written here, I’d be more than happy to hear him out.

Still look at this video.

As you can see he rips into Bowlestrek in the nastiest and most childish ways. Some of his points are valid like Bowlestrek’s nasty comments about an actress from the new Terminator film, but he ends up burying them under petty insults, like ironically telling Bowlestrek he looks like a cinema masterbator.

I have never resorted to personal insults when taking apart Mr Tardis’ or Claudia Boleyn’s arguments. In fact I have always stressed that I quite liked Claudia as a person, it was just her opinions and impact on the franchise that I disagree with.

I may have called Mr Tardis an egotist, and a hypocrite based on what he actually said, but imagine if I said “Mr Tardis looks like the type of person that would feel up girls in parks.” How moronic and just plain nasty would that look? Yet that is actually what Channel Pup did in his attempt to debunk the supposedly toxic side of fandom.

Added to that the video is extremely poorly researched as Bowlestrek later took it apart.

Still that’s not even the main issue. The point is, where was a video like this about the STFU Moffat crowd? They constantly targeted Steven Moffat, they smeared him as a sexist, they got upset over nothing, they made ridiculous accusations that Matt Smith’s Doctor encouraged sexual assault.

Yet it’s Bowlestrek that Channel Pup attacks so strongly? I’ll be honest here, Bowlestrek is irrelevant. He’s just a shouty guy on youtube. He hasn’t influenced the direction of the series by smearing it’s head writer the way the STFU Moffat crowd did, he hasn’t got anyone fired, he hasn’t made forums into places where if you express the wrong opinion, you’ll either be banned, insulted, smeared or all of the above. Even his lowest, most abusive posts have never reached the level of slandering someone as a sexual abuser, or telling them to commit suicide and mocking their mental health struggles.

The simple reason Channel Pup and others go after Bowlestrek is because Bowlestrek is irrelevant and an easy target. You can smear him and face no consequences at all. Try and take on the people who smeared Bowlestrek as a dog rapist and maybe they’ll dream up some nasty little rumour about you. Similarly maybe they’ll get you booted off of social media like Peter Davison, or ruin your chances to work in the industry like James Dreyfus. (If established actors like Dreyfus and Davison can’t cope with the vicious backlash these people are capable of dredging up, what the hell chance does a young and upcoming youtuber have?)

I very much doubt that the likes of Channel Pup would even be willing to go through what I did on Gallifrey Base and have dozens of people dogpile on him, insult him as a misogynist, a racist, a homophobe, and be banned and have them mock him when he couldn’t respond. (I wouldn’t have gone through that if I’d known how bad Gallifrey Base was at first.)

That’s fine if he doesn’t want to go through that, but to try and pin all the blame on the decline of Doctor Who’s fandom on someone like Bowlestrek just because he is an easy target is not only cowardly, but actually helps the creepy, cult like “family” of Doctor fandom. It just further cements their delusion that they are the gatekeepers of Doctor Who fandom who have tried to keep the toxic elements (contrary opinions, people who don’t “bend the knee”) out, but now they are losing.

Who Addicts Reviews meanwhile are even worse as they were actually part of the STFU Moffat bandwagon, yet they now act all high and mighty against the NotMyDoctor Crowd? The same applies to others like Five Who Fans who similarly claim that the likes of Bowlestrek have brought Doctor Who fandom down, whilst also claiming to be impartial. They never say how Bowlestrek did this however, cite examples of forums he’s ruined, actors he’s got fired, examples of the show pandering to him that have ruined it?

In the end if you just want out of Doctor Who fandom like Wingy Media, I could not be more sympathetic, but don’t try and feed the very toxicity that is destroying it by dogpiling on an easy target like Five Who Fans of Who Addicts.

(Edit update, I just saw that Channel Pup and Bowlestrek have buried the hatchet. I respect Channel Pup for being willing to patch things up with someone he was in a feud with, which is exceedingly rare on the internet. Nevertheless I still think that the NotMyDoctor crowd have become all too easy a target for supposedly impartial fans to blame the decline of the show on. I don’t like the NotMyDoctor crowd to be clear. I think they have been guilty of overreacting to the smallest things like the STFU Moffat crowd, such as when they did multiple videos devoted to Jodie wearing a silly costume on set. Still ultimately so far they haven’t had anywhere near the impact the other side have had.)

As you can see Doctor Who fandom is really not even a fandom anymore. It is a cult. A cult that will try and silence any dissenting opinions, and worse ruin the reputations of people it sees as a threat.

Of course not all Doctor Who fans are like this. 90 percent of interactions I’ve had, even with just New Who, Davies, Moffat era fans have been pleasant, it’s just the tiny ten percent that hold all the power that have turned the fandom into a cult.

I’m not saying that we should shun all of New Who. I’m not even saying shun the Jodie Whittaker era, but we need to stop throwing accusations of sexism around at the drop of a hat, stop elevating people like Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat to being above criticism.

No figure in any fandom should ever hold the position that Paul Cornell at least wanted to have. “Reigning or serving.” In contrast to Doctor Who, the Buffy/Angel fandom is one of the best I have ever had the good fortune to be a part of.

Log on the Buffy boards, and then log on Gallifrey Base and the difference is quite alarming. On the Buffy boards you can criticise beloved stories like Spike and Buffy, and not have people dogpile on you. There are some minor fandom in wars like Spuffy vs Bangel, but it’s nothing like what you see on Gallifrey Base.

I lasted a short while on Gallifrey Base as a poster and my entire time there was a truly horrible experience. In contrast I’ve been on the Buffy board for a couple of months now and I’ve loved it. It’s not as though some of my Buffy opinions aren’t controversial. I despise the ever popular Spike/Buffy romance for instance. Yet there is no dogmatic, cult like belief on that site. Even Joss Whedon, the actual creator of the Buffy/Angel series is not held up in the same regard as Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.

After the Fitzroy crowd are dethroned so to speak, no one else should ever take their place as cult like figures to Doctor Who fandom. That to me is the root cause of the toxicity in the fandom. The identity politics has not helped and needs eliminated as a dominant force too, but ultimately all fandoms are suffering from this right now, but none are as badly hit as Doctor Who.

The combination of its existing cult like loyalty to Moffat and Davies, and the cult of SJWs are truly toxic and needs eliminated from Doctor Who pronto if it is to survive.

What the Family do to Nevile’s flat here is a pretty good representation of what the Fitzroy Crowd and their “followers” have done to Doctor Who and it’s past.